What does keyed alike mean?
Posted by Steve G, Last modified by Joe L on 13 October 2017 03:38 PM

Keyed Alike normally refers to a group of locks that operate from the same key. These example refer to file cabinets, but we offer many different types of locks with the keyed alike feature.

If you order 3 locks keyed alike, all three locks will operate from the same key so you would not need to carry a different key to open each lock. Most locks include 2 keys each, so on the 3 lock example you would receive 6 identical keys (assuming 2 per lock) to operate your group of three locks. See product description to determine how many keys come with the specific lock.

File cabinets example:
Keyed Alike locks would allow groups of file cabinets in an office to be locked/unlock with the same key for all cabinets.  In a multiple department facility, you might require each department to secure their cabinets separately, thus each department not having access to the other departments files. Solution:  Order a different keyed alike number for each group of cabinets. ie. One department uses key#1 locks, the second department uses key #5 locks, and the third department uses key #10 locks. When ordering file cabinet lock kits by the specific keyed alike number - each kit would include 2 keys - see product details to confirm keys included with each lock kit. If you order three kits keyed alike to the #5 key - you would get three kits, and 6 keys to work all three locks.

Keyed alike options also allow ordering more locks at a later date using the same key number. ie. If you order three lock kits keyed alike to #5, you can order more at a later date that use the #5 key.

More frequently asked keyed alike or key number questions:

Keyed Alike #1 and #5 - what does this mean?
What does KA, KD and MK mean?
Does the number on the lock face tell me what to buy?
More File Cabinet Lock questions.

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