If you lost your BMW key, or are just looking for a spare key the procedure for getting a new key is simple.

  1. Find out what your VIN number. The VIN number will be in your registration, lower-left corner of the windshield and also on the driver's door frame. 
  2. Locate the closest BMW dealer near you using this link. 
  3. Call the parts department and provide them your VIN number to get a quote. You may want to call more than one dealer as prices vary slightly from dealership to dealership.  
  4. Head over to the dealership with the following documents:
    • Vehicle registration or Title
    • Your driver's license

Ownership information for items 1 and 2 need to match. If you are not the owner of the BMW, you can order a new key if you have a signed Power of Attorney from the owner of the vehicle.

The vehicle does not need to be at the dealership. The typical cost for a new BMW key is $300-$410 for the proximity key. This key has a metal blade inserted. The metal blade can be purchased separately for $45-$60 if necessary.

The older style BMW key (diamond key) costs around $165-$210 depending on location.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • My BMW key is damaged, can it be repaired?
    • bmw key shellIt is very common for the BMW key shell to wear out or get damaged over time. If the key still functions, you can simply replace the shell with a new BMW Key Shell. This is a lot cheaper than buying a new BMW key.
  • How do I get a new key for my BMW?
    • You can order a new key from any BMW dealer. You will need to show proof of ownership and your ID. No need to take the car to the dealership.
  • How do you program a new BMW Key?
    • Your BMW key should come pre-programmed to your vehicle. Just insert it into the ignition slot once and start the car. Very few new BMW keys may need programming. 
  • Can I just replace the battery in my keyfob or do I need a new key?
    • Some BMW keys have rechargeable batteries. Eventually, even these batteries die. These keys were not meant to be serviced. BMW dealerships will recommend that you purchase a new key. The good news is that even these keys can be opened and the battery can often be replaced. It is a lot cheaper to open up the shell and replace the battery than spend $300+ on a new key. 
  • Can a locksmith make a copy of the BMW key?
    • It is very difficult to make a BMW key and most locksmiths won't be able too. Unless it is an older BMW. A locksmith with AK90+ Key Programmer can duplicate the key for certain BMW models. Another tool often used by locksmiths is CGDI Prog BMW MSV80 Auto key programmer diagnosis tool with IMMO Security

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