TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

How do you register a new card key?

Discussion in 'Model 3: User Interface' started by RyanS, May 12, 2018.

  1. RyanS

    RyanS Ka-chow

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2017
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Elk Grove, Republic of California
    I wanted to see if any regular RFID card keys (hotel keys) would work with Model 3. But I couldn't find any option to register a new card key. Do I have to go through SC to activate new card keys?
    It would be awesome if I can recycle all those old used hotel keys in my luggage into M3 card keys
     
  2. TexasEV

    TexasEV Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2013
    Messages:
    7,460
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    It’s done through the app.
     
    • Disagree x 3
  3. RyanS

    RyanS Ka-chow

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2017
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Elk Grove, Republic of California
  4. SDKoala

    SDKoala Model 3 LR RWD

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2018
    Messages:
    616
    Location:
    San Diego
    No, it's not possible to do it on your own. Only Tesla can associate a key card with the car. There's nothing in the app that allows you to pair random old key cards.
     
  5. CWFLY

    CWFLY Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2018
    Messages:
    49
    Location:
    San Diego
    I can't think of any logical reason why we can program a phone to open/drive the car, but can't program a card to open/drive the car.
    Nonetheless, I was told by Tesla, the same thing that SDKoala stated... you have to bring it into the service center to code a new card.
    (also, bring all of your existing cards when/if you do this)
     
  6. PoitNarf

    PoitNarf My dog's breath smells like dog food

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2016
    Messages:
    2,237
    Location:
    NJ
    Anyone know if Tesla is offering spare key cards yet? With one in my wallet and the other in my wife’s purse I’d like to have a third spare to keep at home just in case.
     
  7. Future4me

    Future4me Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2018
    Messages:
    27
    Location:
    Ventura County, CA
    Just got 2 extra key cards last Friday. I was going to do it at the SC but they offered to send a technician to the house. They must have an open work order to complete the process. Only took 15 minutes and the cards cost 5 dollars each. Great deal!
     
  8. Shygar

    Shygar Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2017
    Messages:
    848
    Location:
    Pleasant Hill, CA
    I had 6 key cards associated to my car when I first got it. I took it to service with both my keycards and they were able to remove all my key cards and readd my original 2 keycards. Should be easy to add a third, but I didn't ask about this.
     
  9. SDKoala

    SDKoala Model 3 LR RWD

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2018
    Messages:
    616
    Location:
    San Diego
    They definitely are. I wanted at least one extra to keep somewhere at home, just like you. I currently have 4 key cards associated. My service center gave me 2 extra when I asked as "good will" and didn't charge the nominal $5/ea for them.
     
    • Informative x 1
  10. SDKoala

    SDKoala Model 3 LR RWD

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2018
    Messages:
    616
    Location:
    San Diego
    Aside so they have a key card to be able to drive the car, did they say why you needed to bring all of your existing cards? When I had extras made, they only had one of my two cards and didn't ask for the other one.
     
  11. RyanS

    RyanS Ka-chow

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2017
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Elk Grove, Republic of California
    Mobile service came out to my work this morning to program 4 card keys. Total $22. What a bargain.
    He connected his laptop to my car via data cable and programmed keys. It took less than 5 min.
    He also told me that someday we will be able to use our phone (even phone is out of battery) to open and start the car since most phones already have built in NFCs.
     
    • Like x 1

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC