Making a copy of a standard house key or a basic car key typically takes just a few minutes. With the right equipment and experience, a skilled locksmith or key cutter can cut a key or produce a copy of a standard key in as little as a couple of minutes.

Of course, the exact time it takes to make a copy of a key fob depends on several factors, such as the type of key and the complexity of the key’s design. Our Pop-A-Lock locksmiths are professionals and we have the right tools and key duplicators to copy any new keys. 

Making a copy of a basic key is usually a quick and straightforward process, yet a more complex key can take longer to duplicate accurately. Ask us about the estimated wait time when getting a key copied, especially if you’re in a hurry or need multiple copies made.

How Are Key Copies Made?

Key copies are made using key-cutting machines, also known as key duplicators or key duplicating machines. These machines are specifically designed to accurately replicate the shape and cuts of an original key onto a new key blank.

How Long Does It Take to Make a Copy of a Key?

It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to duplicate a key. However, certain factors can affect the time it takes to make a key copy. 

The original key is worn

If the original key is worn or damaged, it may take longer to accurately reproduce its shape and cuts. The key cutter may need to carefully inspect and measure the key to ensure that the duplicate is cut to the correct specifications.

Key complexity

If the key has a complex design or includes special features, it may require specialized equipment and additional time to duplicate accurately.

Keys with intricate designs, multiple cuts, or unique features may also require more time to accurately replicate. This is especially true for high-security keys, which often have additional security measures such as side cuts, dimples, or electronic transponders.

Specialized equipment or expertise

Certain types of keys, such as car keys with electronic transponders (common in modern car keys), may require specialized equipment and expertise to duplicate. This can add extra time to the key duplication process, as the locksmith may need to program the transponder or use advanced key-cutting techniques.

Our Pop-A-Lock Advice When You Want a Key Copy

Choose a good locksmith 

Look for a trusted Pensacola locksmith with a good reputation for key duplication. Ask friends, family, or neighbors for recommendations or read reviews online to find a reliable service provider.

Bring the original key

Make sure to bring the original key that you want to duplicate. This ensures that the new key will be cut accurately based on the original’s shape and cuts. It’s just like photocopying from a copy: the end result will not be accurate if you keep making copies from copies. 

Check for compatibility

Not all key-cutting machines are capable of duplicating every type of key. If you have a specialized key or one with unique features verify that the service provider has the necessary equipment and expertise to copy it. At Pop-A-Lock, we have the tools, equipment, and know-how to duplicate any type of key. 

Make sure your locksmith uses the right key blank

A key blank is a key that has been partially manufactured but has not been cut to fit a specific lock. Essentially, it’s a key before any grooves or cuts have been made to match a particular lock’s configuration. 

Key blanks come in various shapes, sizes, and configurations to accommodate different types of locks. The right key must be matched to its key blank to make an accurate key copy. 

Tell us about any special requirements

If you have specific preferences or requirements for the key copy, such as needing multiple copies or requesting additional security features, tell us about your needs before we begin cutting the keys.

Verify the accuracy of the copy

After receiving the duplicate keys, test them in the corresponding locks to ensure that they operate smoothly and effectively. Check for any issues such as sticking, difficulty turning, or improper fit.

Keep copies in a safe place

Once you have copies of your keys, store them in a secure location and avoid leaving them in easily accessible areas. Consider using a key organizer or a designated key holder to keep track of your duplicates and prevent them from getting lost or falling into the wrong hands.

Trust a Professional

While hardware stores or big box stores often offer key duplication services, for specialized keys or those with unique features, such as electronic transponders, trusting a professional locksmith like Pop-A-Lock is your best bet. 

So, remember that Pop-A-Lock has everything you need to get the job done right next time you need a spare key copy. Whether you need a new key without the original or a key without the specialized features, we have the expertise and equipment to provide services for any key you need.

Call us now for all your key duplication needs!