The problem with many traditional means of getting a key copied is that this often involves trying to go to the hardware store when it's open, which could very well be only during very limited hours. If you're always busy during those hours, then you're often out of luck. However, thanks to modern technology, there are a few alternate ways to get around this.

Use Your Smartphone to Get It in the Mail

There are a number of apps available now that let you make an electronic copy of your key using your phone. You take a few pictures of the key at various different angles depending on the app, and then the app analyzes the key, makes a complete model of it and you can then have it printed out and sent to you in the mail.

There's definitely more than one app that does this, but most of them will send you your new key in the mail for just a few dollars including shipping. It is important to make sure you keep your keys and phone secure, however, just like always in the modern digital age. This will ensure that no one tries to make keys without your knowledge using this process.

Use 24/7 Key-Copying Kiosks

Another approach is to go to a key copying kiosk at the front open lobby area of a store. Even if the store itself is closed, the doors and front lobby before you walk in are usually always open. There are a number of options available for this approach as well.

All you have to do is bring the key you want to copy with you to a kiosk, place the key in the slot at the front, and then specify what type and how many copies you want. The machine will then create the copy using a blank while you wait, though this is a bit noisy. Another advantage to this approach is that some of these places will even remember your key for you. So, if you misplace it or lock it in your house, you can simply drive to one of these stores and print a copy.

In some cases, it may be possible to find a locksmith that's flexible enough to be willing to work around your schedule and help you out during non-traditional hours. This may also be necessary if your key is specialized enough to need an in-person specialist such as keys that are designed to beat lockpickers

Contact a local locksmith, like LI Locksmiths Inc, for more information.