How to Order a New Volkswagen Key

How to Order New VW Key

DIY Cost: $150-$300
Est. Time: 2-5 days
Difficulty: Very Easy
In this guide, you will become familiar with the process of ordering a replacement key for Volkswagen vehicles, including Jetta, Golf, Passat, Routan, Tiguan, Bettle, etc.

To order a new Volkswagen key, you will need a few documents and visit a Volkswagen dealer close to you. Head to the parts department and provide your VIN, title, or registration. Your VW dealer will order a replacement key from Volkswagen, which takes 2 to 5 days to arrive at the dealership.

Once the key has arrived, you will have to drive (or tow your vehicle) to the VW dealership so the dealer can program the new key. VW keys need to be cut and programmed to the car. The key itself will cost between $50 to $150, and there is a key programming fee that can range from $90-$145.


How to order a new VW key: 

  1. Gather all the documents needed. Photo ID and vehicle registration or title. 
  2.  Head over to your local Volkswagen Dealership or a Third-Party Locksmith.
  3.  If at a dealership, ask to speak to the parts department and tell them the VIN of your vehicle so it can be identified and the correct part number can be found.
  4.  Prove vehicle ownership to the dealership by providing your vehicle registration, title, and photo ID.
  5.  Order the new Volkswagen key for your specific vehicle, as directed by a Volkswagen specialist. (We found that the average cost for a new Volkswagen key fob or a metal key was between $50-$150, and the average programming cost was $80-$145, but all prices may vary from dealership to dealership)
  6. Wait 2-5 business days on average for the Volkswagen key to be manufactured and delivered to your local dealership. (Sometimes, the manufacturing and delivery of the key can be delayed, so please be patient. Your VW will call you once the key is at the dealership. )
  7. Once your key is ready and delivered to your local dealership, bring your vehicle back once again. If you have lost your keys, you will have to tow the car to the dealer.  Your VW replacement key will need to be programmed by either the dealership or a third-party locksmith. 
  8. After the programming is complete and everything is paid for, your vehicle should turn over, start, and drive again.

What you need to order a new VW key

  • Vehicle Title or Vehicle Registration
  • Photo ID ( Driver's License or Passport, it must be the vehicle owner listed in title or registration)
  • VIN Number ( You can find it in the left lower corner of the windshield, registration, or insurance card.)
  • Payment 
  • Vehicle ( You don't need it to place the order. Once the key comes in 2-5 days, then you will have to take or tow the car to the dealer to get the key programmed.)

Do I need to have the car at the dealer when I order a VW replacement key? 

You don't need the vehicle at the dealership when you first order a VW replacement key. You will need to take the car to the dealer once the new key arrives and as it needs to be programmed to the vehicle. If you have lost all keys, you will have to tow your car to the dealer to program the new VW replacement key. 

I lost my VW key

If you lost all VW keys, that's fine. You can order a replacement VW key even if you have lost or have no working key. VW can cut a new key based on the VIN.

While you don't need the car at the dealer when you order a new key, you will need to tow the vehicle to the dealer when it arrives, as it needs to be programmed to start the car.

How much does a new VW key cost?

VW key replacement costs vary between dealerships.

Based on a few quotes we received, we found that a new VW key costs $90 to $150. In addition, you will have to pay for programming the new key, which can range between $80 and $145.

Programming fees vary between VW dealerships, and so do key costs. If you have more than one dealer in your area, get quotes for a new key and programming from several dealers to find out which one is the cheapest option. 

Can a locksmith make a VW key? 

Yes. A locksmith with the right equipment for Volkswagen vehicles will cut and program a new key. 

Is it true VW has stopped making keys for old models? 

Volkswagen has stopped making keyfobs for older Jetta, Passat, Golf models. For example, on a 2001 Jetta, a VW dealer will cut a new metal key to start the car but not a new keyfob.


  • We recommend having at least two keys at all times in case one key stops working. 
  • Prices for Keys and Programming may vary from dealership to dealership.  
  • On some older Volkswagen vehicles, the key fobs or keys may no longer be manufactured, meaning that a third-party locksmith would need to be used.
  • The vehicle is only required to be at the dealership when the delivery is complete, and the key has come in, not when you place the order.

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Hopefully, this will be helpful: In the Phoenix area, there are 7 VW Dealerships. 3 listed the price on their website... 2 with discounts from the MSRP. All the others required filling out the online form to get the information via email or phone (which is ever preferred). Below are the Dealership names and the breakdown for the price of ordering the key, and the price for programming then the total. I opted to pay a bit more for convenience and selected Berge, and when I told them that, they matched the price for the lowest Key, and they already have the lowest price for programming!
I was able to email PDF of my registration with VIN# and I included my Drivers License then call to place the order and pre-pay with Credit Card.
Will have an appointment with Service probably Friday, with the car to have the programming done.
Part Number: 561837202DINF - Keyless Entry Transmitter

Berge $155.00 105. Total $280.28
Camelback $118.13 154. Total $272.13
Chapman $120.96 ($175 quoted) 150. Total $325
Earnhardt $145.53 145. Total $290.53
Larry H Miller $135 Too Far for same price as others
N Scottsdale Got Text, call Service. Left message… still waiting for a call back
Lunde’s VW Too Far away