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How to Get the Anti-Theft Codes from the Interactive Network (iN)

Applies to 2002 and Later Models with Anti-Theft You can retrieve the anti-theft code for an audio or navigation unit without removing the audio or navigation unit. To get the serial number, do this:


For All Audio Units Except 2003-2007 Accord With Navigation:

  1. Make sure CODE appears in the upper display. You can do this by briefly disconnecting the battery.
  2. Turn the ignition switch to ACC (I), and turn off the audio unit.
  3. Push and hold the No.1 and 6 preset buttons on the audio unit, then turn on the audio unit. The serial number may appear as a single eight-digit number or two four-digit numbers that are combined to creat the eight-digit serial number.

NOTE: Refer to the following resources for more information:

  • The applicable service manual
  • Honda ServiceNews article titled "Electronically Retrieving Audio Unit Serial Numbers"
  • Tech2Tech segment titled "Don't Have The Anti-Theft Code? Here's An Easy Way To Get It"

For 2003-2007 Accord Models with Navigation/Audio Units:

  1. Make sure code appears in the upper display. You can do this by briefly disconnecting the battery.
  2. Turn the ignition switch to ACC (I), and turn off the audio unit.
  3. Press and hold the top halves of the SEEK/SKIP and CH/DISC bars, then press and release the PWR/VOL knob. The display toggles between two screens. The first screen displays a U and the first four digits of the serial number (for example U1234). The scond screen displays an L and the last four digits of the serial number (for example L5678). Ignore the letters U and L, and use the eight digit serial number on the iN.

NOTE: Refer to the Honda Service News article titled "Electronically Retrieving Audio Unit Serial Numbers" for more information.


For Navigation Units With an Orange, Turquoise, White, or Gray (Canada) Navigation DVD Disc:

  1. Enter the navigation diagnostic mode by pressing and holding the Menu, Map/Guide, and Cancel buttons at the same time.
  2. From the Select Diagnosis items screen, select Detailed Information & Settings, then select Unit Check, then select Navi ECU or ECU Info.

NOTE: Refer to the following resources for more information:

  • The applicable service manual
  • The applicable navigation system PDI service bullet
  • Tech2Tech segment titled "Don't Have The Anti-Theft Code? Here's An Easy Way To Get It"

Navigation units with a black navigation DVD do not have an electronic method to get the serial number. You must get the serial number from the navigation unit. Depending on the vehicle, the navigation unit can be in the dash, in the trunk, or under one of the front seats. Refer to the applicable service manual for more information about location and removal procedures. The serial number CANNOT be found using the navigation display serial number located in the dash.

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