In this article, you will find general instructions on how to order a new Kia key. These instructions may vary depending on your local Kia dealer requirements. 

If you are looking to get a new Kia key you have a couple of options:

  1. Dealer - The dealer will be able to make a new key for any Kia model including Rio, Soul, Forte, Sportage, Optima, etc.
  2. Locksmith - The locksmith will be able to cut you a new key for most older Kia models but not for the newer Kias that have a built-in chip in the key and requires programming. Locksmiths may be able to program a transponder key depending on the equipment that they have. If you do have a locksmith nearby give them a call and tell them that you need a new key made. 

How to order a new key from Kia dealers

To order a new Kia key, you need to visit a local Kia dealer. 

  1. Locate a Kia dealer in your area.
  2. Gather the following documents and bring them with you: Driver License, Proof of Ownership ( Vehicle Title or Registration), Payment. 
  3. Visit the Kia parts department to place an order for a new Kia key.
  4. Once you order the new key, the Kia dealer will call you in two to three days and ask you to go back to pick up your key. Some Kia keys can be cut and picked up on the same day but most smart keys need to be ordered.

Your new key typically will require programming in order to Start, Lock or Unlock the car.

If you have the instructions for your model you can do this yourself at home. Your Kia may charge extra for programming the new key. Check with the dealer before you place an order for a new Kia key. 

Key code serial number

This number is attached to the keys when the vehicle is purchased new. If you can find the key serial number you can provide it to Kia dealer and they will able to quickly duplicate the keys.
 
Do not share the key serial number with anyone and store it in a safe location.

Lost Kia key, what should I do?

If you have lost the Kia key don't panic. Here is what you should do.

Get together your driver's license, proof of ownership (title, registration) and VIN number of your Kia.

Go to your Kia dealer and order a new key.

Based on the VIN number the Kia dealer should be able to cut the new key without having the car there.

In some cases, they may have to order a new metal key which can take in average two to three days to arrive. Once you pick up the key from the dealer you can use it to start up the car.

You may need to go back to visit the Kia dealer to have the key fob programmed to Lock/Unlock the car. In many cases, the programming can be performed at home if you can find the correct programming procedure for your Kia model.

How much do new Kia keys cost?

These prices are general guidelines if you live in the US. Keep in mind that these prices can vary depending on your location, even in the US.

  • Dealer:
    • Kia metal key (wallet key) no chip - $29-$80
    • New Kia Key & Fob - $250-$300
  • Locksmith
    • $100-$180

The exact cost depends on the model of your car and type of key. If the key has a chip or not.

If you are looking for a spare key to use in case of emergency you can order what is called a wallet key.

It is not a full keyfob and it does not have Lock/Unlock buttons but is just a key that will allow you to open and start the car manually.

It costs around $30 for the metal key and about $25 for the dealer to cut the new key. This is a lot cheaper than spending $250-$300 on a new smart key.

Frequently Asked Questions

What battery is used on Kia key fob remote?

  • Most Kia key fobs use two CR2032 button cell batteries. We would recommend a lithium battery instead of NiCad, as they last a lot longer. You can find a replacement CR2032 Lithium battery .

How to replace Kia key fob battery?

  • If you need help with replacing the battery on Kia remote check out this step by step guide on How to Replace Kia Key Fob Remote Battery.

Key Fob Damaged, Replacement Options?

  • If your Kia key fob is damaged instead of ordering a new key you should consider replacing the key fob case. A new case costs a fraction of the cost of a new key and can be replaced at home. It is an easy DIY project that can save you money so that you don't have to buy a $250 new key. Head over to online to find Kia Key Fob Remote Replacement Case.

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Comments

Visitor
Member since 2020-05

My Key Fob got damaged so I removed the flip key from it and took it to the Kia dealership to get them to cut me a regular straight key replacement using the key I removed from the damaged key fob. Guess what....the dealers cannot make a duplicate key the only thing they can sell you is what is called for on the VIN record for your car. They have NO WAY to simply cut a duplicate key using the one that was in the key fob. I'm certainly NOT going to spring for $250 for a new key fob which is what my only option was with the dealer.

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Visitor
Member since 2020-05

My Key Fob got damaged so I removed the flip key from it and took it to the Kia dealership to get them to cut me a regular straight key replacement using the key I removed from the damaged key fob. Guess what....the dealers cannot make a duplicate key the only thing they can sell you is what is called for on the VIN record for your car. They have NO WAY to simply cut a duplicate key using the one that was in the key fob. I'm certainly NOT going to spring for $250 for a new key fob which is what my only option was with the dealer.

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Visitor
Member since 2020-05

So long story short, I bought a 2018 Kia Forte and don't like it to I'm returning it. The dealership said that the car didn't have the keyless entry so I paid out of pocket for a key fob to be made for it. Now I'm returning the car for a 2016 Kia Optima. Can I somehow reprogram the fob and have a locksmith cut a new key to put in it? I don't really want to give it to the dealership since I paid for it out of pocket but if I can't use it on the Optima I don't have much use for it. Any idea if this is possible?

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Visitor
Member since 2020-05

I have a 2015 Kia Sorento. When i lock my vehicle it will lock and the side mirrors will go in but the horn doesn't beep. What do you think I need?

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Visitor
Member since 2020-05

my local Kia dealer parts department charges about $45 ( $20 for the blank and $20 to cut it plus tax ) Kia is calling it a "blade only key" although your dealership might not.

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Visitor
Member since 2020-05

I am a big Kia person here but I do have problems because there are so few dealers where I live in the US. I wanted to get a back-up FOB key made just in case I lose one.. what should I do if there is no dealer nearby? Can I go to other dealers? Is there an online place to buy them?

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Visitor
Member since 2020-05

What if I just buy the FOB key and program it myself, is that an option and will it help me save more money? I checked locally and my dealer is charging $100 and I don't want to spend that much.

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Markthemechanic
Member since 2019-04

I think $100 is a lot of money. If you want to save money, then I think you should try to reprogram it yourself. It usually takes 10 minutes and is not a big deal.

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Visitor
Member since 2020-05

I need a regular non chip metal key for a 2006 kia Sedona how much?

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