Can Deadbolts Be Rekeyed to Fit Another Key?


Deadbolt locks provide security and peace of mind, as they work to keep unauthorized people from entering secure areas. Despite the security a deadbolt lock provides, you may find yourself having the rekey the lock at a certain point in the future. This changes the lock so that a different key fits inside and the old key no longer works.


  • If you have lost a key to the deadbolt, have reason to believe someone has made copies of the key or gave a key to someone you do not want to have access to the secured area anymore, you can rekey the lock rather than purchase a new lock and save money.


  • A locksmith will rekey a deadbolt so the old key no longer works in the lock. You do not need to lift a finger, other than to call the locksmith, but you will have to pay a fee for each lock you have the locksmith rekey.

Rekeying Kits

  • Home improvement and hardware stores sell rekeying kits for a number of different brands of deadbolts. You must find a kit that is compatible with the make and model of your specific deadbolt, since not all deadbolts are compatible, even if they are made by the same manufacturer. Rekeying kits will provide you with most of the tools you will need to remove and rekey the lock, including a new key. You still need the old key as well as a screwdriver to perform the rekeying steps yourself. The lock rekeying kit also gives you instructions on how to remove the lock cylinder and plug so you can swap out the pins that went with the old key. By installing new pins that come with the kit, the old key will no longer work.

Avoid Multiple Keys

  • If you rekey multiple deadbolts yourself, instead of arranging the pins inside each lock assembly according to the instructions that come with the rekeying kits, save yourself from having to carry multiple keys by arranging the pins in all of the locks according to one kit's instructions. Make copies of the key that comes with the kit whose pin configuration you followed for all of the locks and get rid of the other keys to avoid confusion.

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