How to retrieve factory key code in Ford F-150

Every Ford F-150 vehicle comes with a code that you can enter on the door to access your vehicle in case you lose your key. If you don’t know the code, then there is a way to retrieve this code from the instrument cluster.

Note: You will need both keys to get the keyless entry code.


Regular Key:

Insert the key in the ignition and turn it to on position for about 5 seconds (don’t start the car). After 4-5 seconds, turn off and remove the key. Now insert the second key into the ignition and turn it to on position. After few seconds the factory key code will be displayed on the instrument cluster display screen.

Smart Key

If your vehicle has a smart key then the process is a little different. Depending on your model there is a special location where you can place your key fob and your vehicle registers it. For example, the latest 2020 model has this located at the bottom of the cup holder in the center console.

Place first key fob in the hole and press the push start button to turn on the vehicle (don’t start the vehicle), after a few seconds press the start button again to turn off the vehicle. Take out the first key fob and place the second key fob in the same hole. Now press the start button again to turn on the vehicle. The factory code will be displayed on the instrument cluster screen. Memorize the code and only tell it to the people you trust.

Physical Print Locations

If you have lost one key or only have access to one key, then it might still be possible to get the code. First look for a small sticker with five digit number ending with a letter on the interior fuse panel, e.g. 12345g, this is mostly available on newer vehicles, and might not be there if you bought a used vehicle. Next location you can look for is the glove box, you can also try flipping through your car owners manual as the code might be mentioned in it.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com



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Tim Winicker
Tim Winicker
2 years ago

This was very helpful!

Doug
Doug
1 year ago

I’ve tried this with my 2019 f150 and the code did not display….cup holder placement looks exactly like picture, turned on and off with each fob without actually starting trick and no code. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

Melendez
Melendez
1 year ago
Reply to  Doug

Make sure all doors are closed when retrieving code.

mike
mike
7 months ago
Reply to  Melendez

2 attempts with the door closed and did not work. The third attempt was with the door open and it worked.

Aaris
Aaris
1 year ago
Reply to  Doug

Same

Jim K
Jim K
6 months ago
Reply to  Aaris

Tried multiple times on F150 Lariat without success until I left door ajar then it worked.

Ed E
Ed E
1 year ago

Tried it .. 3rd time it worked

Terry
Terry
1 year ago

Thank you! The Ford dealership was going to charge $30!

Mike
Mike
2 days ago

The “Regular Key” method worked first time and saved me having to tear out the door trim. Thanks!

Debra Hayes
Debra Hayes
1 year ago

Will this process for retrieving factory set keyless entry code work in 2005 F-150 as well?

Dotes
Dotes
1 year ago

Tried this multiple time with “regular keys” and having no luck. What am I not doing correctly? Vehicle is 2018 F-150

Brian Nehring
Brian Nehring
1 year ago
Reply to  Dotes

Same thing for me… both keys… tried several times… NO CODE!!!

patti
patti
1 year ago

Code is also on the underside of the glove box along the bottom side panel on the side pops off and is suppose to be in there on a white sticker. It will give you the factory code and can then reset it.