Originally Posted by MJS
The dealer doesn't "cut" the key. They order it from BMW with the chip already programed to your VIN. My dealer wants / needs to see the registration or the bike prior to placing the order.
x2 the dealer has no access to blank keys nor the ability to cut internal grooved keys, BMW NA is the only one who can program the chip for your individual bike and provide the correct cut key to match. The dealer has to fax in both proof of ID and ownership/registration before BMW NA will even send the dealer the key, fairly strict protocol.