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How to Find a Key Number on a Car

Updated March 23, 2017

Sometimes it’s simple to find a key number on a car; other times require some investigation. Losing car keys happens to everyone, and you may never find them, or not find them fast enough. If you can find the key number, you can save the time and money it takes to call a locksmith to make a key for you.

Check the owner’s manual. For older cars (built before 1980), the key number may be on the inside cover of the manual. The previous owner of a used car may have written the key number somewhere inside the manual.

Check the glove box. Sometimes the key number is written in the glove compartment.

Check the key punch-out if you have a new car. These punch-outs have the key number on them. It may also be on the vehicle contract you signed when you purchased the car. If you have keyless entry, call the dealership where you purchased the car.

Look on the side of the lock barrel on the driver’s side door. The key number could also be written on the interior panel of the driver’s side door, or on the door lock itself.

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Based in Tennessee, Rita Wood has been writing since 1999. Her writing has appeared primarily on eHow and regularly for private clients. Rita works at her local library donating her time to the children’s literacy program and is a graduate of Nashville State Technical Institute with an associate degree in computer information systems.