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Counterfeit Keys are a serious and growing problem.

Few products have seen a more dramatic increase in costs and complexity than automotive keys. As a result, over the last two decades the automotive key replacement industry has witnessed a flood of inexpensive, low-quality counterfeit products imported from overseas.

Resellers should know that buying, selling, or being in possession of counterfeit products is illegal. Aside from the obvious ethical issues, these imported products expose customers to products that may only work temporarily, violate manufacturers’ intellectual property, and subject offenders to a variety of legal risks.

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Bad for consumers, business, and society.

Legitimate car keys are designed to work for decades, but counterfeiters cut corners on design and use inferior components that shorten product life and leave drivers stranded.

Buying counterfeits isn’t harmless. They’re not manufactured to the same standards as OEM or legitimate aftermarket keys. Their poor quality results in frequent failures that cost businesses time and money, erode consumer trust, and threaten the reputations and economic security of all who work in the key replacement industry.

Counterfeiting impacts virtually every industry, and it’s often connected with organized crime, child labor, and environmental contamination—with dangerous and sometimes deadly results.


Get Informed.

Counterfeit keys are illegal. Here are the three most-common violations:

  1. Trademark infringement
  2. Copyright infringement
  3. Federal Communications Commission violations

The effects of counterfeit keys in the automotive industry are far reaching. Learn more by downloading the whitepaper: “Avoiding the Epidemic of Counterfeit Keys.”

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Real or Fake?

Check the ID. All products that emit a radio signal are required to display the FCC marks on the product (not just the package). Counterfeiters are unlikely to pursue FCC certification, so counterfeit keys generally lack valid FCC IDs or use the OEM’s FCC IDs illegally.

To determine if a product has a valid FCC ID, visit or send details to


Get Involved

Have you been a victim of key counterfeiters? We want to hear your story.

“I tried some keys from an overseas supplier a few years ago, before I knew about their suspect origins, and programmed them to my Ford Explorer. Three months later, I got a call from my wife saying the car wouldn’t start and that she was stranded across town with my two young daughters. After I confirmed the key was defective and fixed the problem, she made me promise to never test new keys on any car she drives.” — PJ Slauson, CLK Supplies

Report Intellectual Property Crime.

More than a dozen federal agencies are responsible for protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights and preventing counterfeit goods from entering US markets.

Victims of intellectual property crime, can report incidents to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) by visiting

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Take The Pledge

All automotive key replacement professionals are invited to join together in a pledge against counterfeits. Mitigate your risk; help protect the long-term health of our industry; and level the playing field for honest players with a public commitment to these principles:

We understand there’s a growing counterfeit and piracy problem in the automotive key replacement industry. We believe acts of counterfeiting can create economic harm and threaten the health and safety of consumers.

We are committed to fighting counterfeiting and piracy by promoting laws, regulations, directives, and relationships designed to render the theft of intellectual property undesirable and unprofitable.

We will not sell, possess, or promote counterfeit or pirated goods.

We will take corrective action to help ensure compliance with all laws and regulations.

We will educate our team members and the industry on the importance of upholding intellectual property rights.

Has your company taken the pledge to fight counterfeit keys? Add your name to the list:

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Stronger Together.

Effective anti-counterfeiting campaigns require a consistent, coordinated industry-wide commitment.
Together, we can make a difference in the fight against counterfeits.

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