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 meter.

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 - - 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:

Parking Department
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
City of Urbana Finance Department
400 S. Vine St.
Urbana IL 61801