Notes about theft protection/diagnosis according to GVO in the European Union
Online services for the Offboard Diagnostic Information System software - GeKo and SVM
General information on theft prevention:

Online access to the appropriate systems of Volkswagen AG (GeKo / SVM) is required in order to repair specially protected vehicle components and flashing control units. Currently, access must be requested separately in order to use GeKo and the corresponding hardware (“SecureID card” or other network solutions supported by the importer) must be made available.

The European Union (EU) regulates the access of its member states to safety-related systems of the vehicle manufacturers so that the information necessary for conducting repairs can be accessed online. Independent market players from EU member states can request access in accordance with the currently valid legislation.

With GeKo and SVM you can access the central server of Volkswagen AG using an online connection of your Offboard Diagnostic Information System diagnostic software, and thus significantly expand the scope of performance of your diagnostic equipment.

GeKo according to the group exemption regulation GVO

In the course of the GVO (NO. 1400/2002), any independent market participant who has a VAS6150 / 6150A,VAS5051B, VAS5052A diagnostic tester and acquires the associated software in the course of a registration process can query transponder codes/radio codes independently via GeKo VW.

What is GeKo?

GeKo (Security and Component Protection) is a function which is provided to users with the online connection of the Offboard Diagnostic Information System software and which also enables training on vehicle electronic immobiliser components (e.g. instrument clusters, engine control units), keys and component protection (e.g. air conditioning unit, navigation, etc.) on the vehicle.

What is SVM?

SVM (Software Versions Management): is an additional function which is supplied with the online linking of the Offboard Diagnostic Information System software. This enables process-safe control unit programming, as well as the correct control unit installation. The function also offers support with regard to control unit coding.

How can you use the GeKo / SVM features?
  • You must have the Offboard Diagnostic Information System software installed. For further information, please refer to the erWin Product Assistant
  • For online connection, specific technical EDP requirements must be fulfilled. Furthermore, special user identification is required. For further information, please refer to the erWin Infotour
  • All other companies and customers from EU member states and countries outside of the EU will receive more detailed information from their respective importers (see list of importers).


In order to obtain a "GeKo" authorisation, specific information about the applicant as well as the operation is required. You must provide the following information to Skoda or to the responsible importer:

  • GeKo form (request to activate a user right)
  • An official identification document (original) must be presented by the managing director and the applicant to verify their identity. The identification document will not be withheld at any time. Upon request, the parties involved are given the option of enclosing an voluntary copy of the identification document on an extra sheet of paper (front and back side). The importer uses the copy to verify the data and destroys it immediately afterwards in accordance with legal data protection requirements. When using access data to verify an identity (e.g. the new identity card), the access number must be blacked out beforehand.
  • Confirmation of employment (form)
  • Extract from the commercial registry or business registration (copy)
  • Police clearance certificate or similar document (applicant)
The forms needed to apply for GeKo authorisation and the corresponding requirements concerning your company can be obtained from your importer (see list of importers).



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