How to Get into Your House with a Credit Card If You’re Locked Out

Uh, oh. You’re at your front door without a key. If you’ve got a credit card, see if you can get it to open the door before you use it to pay for a locksmith.

You will need

  • A standard doorknob lock
  • Credit card or similar plastic card
  • Patience
  • Steady hands

Step 1 Check the lock Check the lock. A credit card will only open a spring bolt–the kind of lock that comes with a standard doorknob. It won’t work on a deadbolt.

Step 2 Choose a card Choose a card. If you have a plastic card that’s less valuable than a credit card, like a video membership card, try that first.

Step 3 Insert card Wedge the card between the door and the frame where the doorknob’s latch is located.

Step 4 Wiggle and jiggle Holding the card flush against the doorframe, begin pushing and wiggling it towards the latch in the door crack.

Step 5 Push and bend While pushing the card in, begin bending it away from the doorknob. When you feel it slide the latch back, the door should open.

Step 6 Call a locksmith If you got into your home, don’t be so smug–it means you have a crappy lock. Call a locksmith and get a deadbolt.