Losing your keys is a pain to deal with when it happens. It seems to always happen at the most inconvenient of times and it may mean you end up being locked out of your house or car.
It’s in those times of distress you always think to yourself, “Where can I get keys made near me and quickly!?”
To avoid the stress and unnecessary cost of a locksmith, it’s a good idea to have duplicates made just in case something happens.
So, where can you get keys made nearby?
The answer: a lot of places!
It’s never been cheaper or easier to get keys made near you. Here’s everything you need to know about where to get keys made near you.
24 Places for Keys Made Near Me
Home Improvement Stores
I’ve personally always used a home improvement store as I didn’t know there were so many options available. Here are the most common home improvement stores where you can have keys made.
1. Home Depot
Home Depot is one of the biggest home improvement stores in the country and offers key cutting at every location. They can help you with automotive as well as standard key cutting services.
Very few locations don’t offer this service and always recommend calling ahead.
Lowes is another major player in the home improvement space with locations in Canada and all over the United States. I’ve also used Lowes to have a replacement key made near me and as they are super quick and convenient.
3. Ace Hardware
Ace Hardware isn’t nearly as big as Lowes or Home Depot but offer key services at most locations. Plus, anytime I’ve used Ace I’ve always found that customer service tends to better than big box stores like Lowes or Home Depot.
Ace Hardware specializes in auto keys, standard keys, and brass doors as well. They have locations throughout the US but make sure to call before heading in.
4. True Value Hardware
True Value Hardware is another home improvement store that will help you get a key made. They have over 4,000 stores in and most of them offer key replacement services.
Menard’s is another home improvement store but they don’t have as many stores in the US as they are based primarily in the midwest. Their kiosks are self-service but easy to use. Make sure to check online or call before heading over.
Sears was the once popular brand of the 1980’s and 90’s has dwindled over the years but they do still have 500 locations in the United States. If you have one near you they do offer key cutting options for standard and auto keys.
But I recommend moving quick if you want to use Sears as they might be a brand of the past like Blockbuster soon enough!
While you may not feel like always making a special trip to a home improvement store you can also get keys made at a lot of your local grocery and retail stores. But, unlike home improvement stores you might have to do this yourself with a self-serve kiosk.
Don’t worry, it’s not as intimidating as you might think. All you need to do is follow the instructions and you will have a brand new key in no time. Check the list below to see if your favorite grocery store or pharmacy is included.
Rite-Aid is a popular drug store and grocery store that can help you get a copy of your key made. They make it easy since they have over 4,000 Rite Aid locations in 42 states. Rite-Aid offers key copying services for your auto, house, and standard door keys.
The best part about Rite-Aid is that they also offer lockout service as well. You can save your key design to a kiosk and access it with a fingerprint scan just in case you lose all other copies!
Make sure to double check the hours as the drive-through pharmacy and store hours might differ by location.
Walmart pretty much as everything you need under one roof. While they are a combination of grocery, retail, and home improvement it makes sense that they offer key copying services as well. Depending on your location they might have a person to help you or just a self-service kiosk.
If you’re uncomfortable doing the service yourself make sure to contact them directly to confirm hours and if the key service is a kiosk or person.
9. Fred Meyer
Fred Meyer is similar to Wal-Mart but more of an upgraded version of the retail giant. They offer a combination of home improvement and grocery items.
They tend to have great customer service and usually have the option to do self-serve kiosks as well as someone close by to help if you have any questions. Be sure to double check their website as the Kroger owned brand only operates in three states.
Winco isn’t the biggest grocery store on this list but they have some of the best deals on groceries available. Plus, they offer key cutting and copying services for custom keys, standard, and auto ones as well.
Unfortunately, you are limited with Winco locations as they are only based in Nevada, Arizona, Washington, California, Idaho. But, if you do need a new spot they have great deals that can help save you money and stay way under your food budget as well!
Kroger is a giant grocery store chain that is one of the biggest in the nation! The majority of the stores are in the South and Midwest and most of them have key cutting kiosks available.
They can help you make a door key, auto key, and some other more specialty types as well. I recommend calling ahead or checking online as I have a Kroger based store near me and that doesn’t provide this option.
Plus, it’s a great place to find groceries at relatively cheap prices!
Meijer’s is a large grocery and retail store that is primarily located in the midwest. Most of the locations are in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. If you’re in one of these locations they offer home, auto, and UltraLite key cutting services in most locations.
13. BJ’s Wholesale Club
Having lived on the West Coast my whole life I hadn’t heard of BJ’s Wholesale Club but they are a large brand similar to Sam’s Club. They have over 200 locations on the East Coast and offer key cutting services for your home and auto keys.
Safeway is another big and popular grocery chain that can help you with your key copying needs. All of the locations that do offer the service will be kiosk only.
Like Rite-Aid, some Safeway locations also offer fingerprint scans to access your keys as well. Make sure to check hours and location details to ensure they offer key copying services.
15. Bed Bath and Beyond
Bed Bath and Beyond might be everyone’s favorite joke when it comes to what you’re doing on Saturday (thanks Will Ferrell) but you can also get your keys cut at the giant retail store.
While they are primarily home decor and hundreds of gadgets you don’t need, they also have key copying services. The kiosks are self-serve but once again, very simple to use. Plus, they have over 1,000 retail locations so it should be easy to find one near you.
Automotive stores are another place that can help you with your key copying needs. The only problem is that some auto keys aren’t able to be duplicated and will require you to visit the dealership for a duplicate.
16. Pep Boys
Pep Boys is a popular automotive store with self-serve kiosks to help you replace or duplicate your auto and home keys. Plus if you need your oil changed they have a low price and get your key made at the same time.
17. Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts is a large auto store that operates in 43 of the 50 states with over 4,900 stores nationwide. They also have stores in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada under Worldpac and Carquest branded stores.
Find a store near you to get a copy of your home and some auto keys copied.
18. NAPA Auto Parts
Napa Auto Parts is a huge automotive brand that has been around for nearly 100 years! They are known to have outstanding customer service and can help you get a copy of your key made.
19. O’Reilly Auto Parts
O’Reilly Auto Parts is another massive automotive store that offers key cutting services with self-serve kiosks. They operate in nearly every state making it convenient for you to find one close.
Other Options For Key Replacements
Locksmiths are still an option for a key replacement but they are usually an expensive one. The cost of a locksmith is always much more expensive than any of the providers listed above. Make sure to have duplicates or a hidden key so you can save money and not need to use a local locksmith.
If you do need to use a Locksmith, make sure to check their reviews on Yelp and ensure they are a legit company. Call around or use their “message” feature to send out messages to several locksmiths. Through the app, you can see their rates, reviews, and other customer feedback.
21. KeyMe App
Yes, there is even an app that helps you get a key made! Once you download the KeyMe app all you will do is take a picture of your key and they will mail you directly to your house. This app is available on both the Android and iOS platforms.
Obviously, it won’t be as fast as going into a retail location this is another option and you don’t even need to leave your house. Plus, they offer high-performance keys, lockouts, custom designs and accessories all from the comfort of your couch!
Another place to try is minuteKEY, a kiosk that is found in and outside of retail stores across the country. The kiosks are very user-friendly and all you need to do is insert your key and follow the instructions. Plus, if you’re a huge sports fan you can usually customize with different tags of sports teams as well.
23. Car Keys Express
Instead of spending too much money at the car dealer, Car Keys Express can help you with a replacement auto key. All you need to do is log onto their website and enter your VIN (vehicle identification number). Once entered, follow the steps for payment and they will send you a new auto key to your door.
24. Car Dealerships
Obviously, this is only for auto keys but this might be your only option depending on the type of car you own. While they can be a great resource they are also very expensive. If possible try to use another location on this list.
Places That Don’t Make Keys
While most retailers do have some sort of key replacement service not everyone will. Make sure you avoid these stores if you are looking for key copying services:
- Sam’s Club
- Magic Mart
The Process of Getting a Key Made
When looking to have extra keys made, it’s important to understand the difference between each location and their services. There are two main ways keys can be made.
The first is a key copying machine in the form of a self-serve kiosk. All you do is insert your key, choose your design, and follow the instructions to have your key copied quickly and cheaply.
The other option is usually found at home improvement stores, where someone will help and assist you with making extra keys.
The Different Types of Keys
Have you ever noticed that some keys say “do not duplicate?” Stores will not make a copy of these keys no matter how many times you ask. I know because I tried with a pool key back in college and after several attempts was denied repeatedly.
If you have a key with these instructions clearly printed on it make sure to contact the person or business directly on how to get a copy made.
The last thing about keys is the type of key you are copying.
House & Office Keys
House and office keys are the most common and easily available with all vendors below.
Auto keys aren’t as simple to copy as a house or office keys. Depending on your make and model of your vehicle, you might need to use a specialized service (which is also below) to help you get a replacement.
Some office and home keys are referred to as high-performance keys. These are more accurate than a traditional key but aren’t available at all locations. Make sure to call ahead and check or use a home improvement store instead of a kiosk.
How Much Does It Cost?
If you use these locations below it will be much cheaper than using a traditional locksmith, especially if they have to come to you. Those service visits can get expensive.
Most keys will range in price from $1-$6. Auto keys tend to be more expensive than traditional house keys. And if you have a remote locking system on your car keys this will increase the price even more.
As you can tell there is no shortage of place to get keys made wherever you are in the US! At this point, I’m surprised Amazon doesn’t have some sort of way to replace your keys with Alexa or a drone. Maybe soon…
Remember that depending on the type of key you might not be able to get a new key made at each location on this list. Be sure to call ahead or check online to make sure that each location has a key copying service available.
If you’re aren’t comfortable doing it with automated kiosks make sure to use home improvement stores like Lowes, Home Depot or a local hardware store for replacements.
If you’ve ever used a key replacement service where do you go? Have you used one of these or did we miss one?