The CashKey is a programmable key that provides a cashless way to use parking meters throughout the University Parking
District. It can be programmed for $10 to $100 of value for each meter provider. Parking meters located on the
University of Illinois campus are provided by the Parking Department, City of Champaign, and the City of Urbana.
The provider of any campus meter can be determined by locating the identification sticker affixed to the front
of each meter.
When you fully insert the key into the meter it displays the dollar value remaining on your key for the provider
of the meter that you are attempting to use. The meter will then automatically deduct $.25 from your key balance
and put time on the meter. It may be necessary to insert the key more than once before the meter registers time.
To register additional time on the meter, reinsert the CashKey. It does not need to be completely removed before
reinsertion, so be careful to avoid unintended reinsertions.
Caution: The meter will not register more than the posted time allowed, but it will continue to deduct $.25 from
your CashKey each time it is inserted. If the key is left inserted for more than five seconds, the meter will
flash out-of-order until the key is removed. This is to alert you if the CashKey is inadvertently left in the
While the CashKey offers a cashless way to pay for metered parking, it does not guarantee you a space. Parking meter
spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Use of the CashKey does not permit you to park beyond
the "maximum stay" posted on the meter.
Because the hardware and software are no longer supported by the manufacturer, the CashKey program is being phased
out and will only be supported so long as the program remains sustainable. Paybyphone is an available coin alternative
at most UI meters. Please visit their website - https://www.paybyphone.com/ - for more information and to create an account. The UIUC Parking Department is continuing to explore other viable
cash meter alternatives and upgrades.
Serviced at These Locations:
1201 W. University Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801 (MC-241)
Open 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday, except official university holidays
Department: Parking Programs Division
702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign IL 61820
Open 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday, except official city holidays