Ziptide, March 2019

March 4, 2019

Key Codes By VIN?

Hello there, can you please provide me with some information and price about getting the key cutting codes program thru vehicle vin numbers ? I'm new to the locksmith business and need some help and guidance. Thanks for your time

-- Adan Vasquez

Hello Adan:

There is a group called NASTF, National Auto Security Task Force ( After joining this group, you can register with vehicle manufacturers of your choice to obtain auto key codes by the VIN number. There is a charge and background check for joining this group, plus charges from each auto manufacturer you choose to use. Contact NASTF for more details.

There are some services which do offer code-by-VIN for a few popular, but not all car models.  How they obtain their codes is unknown. Joining NASTF is the best plan. Another idea would be to invest in some Lishi tools. These tools are inserted into the lock without disassembly or damage. The lock can be picked open and the cut depths can be easily determined. Check with your local locksmith distributor for more information.

-- Editor-in-Chief Gale Johnson

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