Monday, July 14, 2014

Parking Meter CashKey to be Discontinued in mid-August; Starting July 21, No New Keys Will be Sold and no Money Will be Added to Keys

Beginning July 21, the Montgomery County Division of Parking Management (DPM) will no longer sell new CashKeys or load additional value onto CashKeys. The CashKey system will be permanently discontinued beginning in mid-August because its manufacturer (Duncan Technologies) is no longer producing the key, and both the computer software and hardware that support it are obsolete.

Holders of CashKeys may turn in their key to receive their $15 refundable deposit and any remaining value stored on the key. The CashKey looks like a key that is inserted into a special slot on County parking meters to add time to the meter. CashKey owners may continue to use their keys until the loaded balance is zero.

Parking customers may obtain refunds for their CashKey at the Bethesda Parking Sales Store, 4720 Cheltenham Drive (inside the Cheltenham Garage 42), 240-777-8770, or the Silver Spring Parking Sales Store (inside Town Square Garage 61), 809 Ellsworth Drive, 240-777-8744. Both stores are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., except County holidays. Proof of identification and address must be presented.

Another option for CashKey owners who use on-street meters in Bethesda is to apply their CashKey refund towards a smart meter debit card. These cards can only be used at the new on-street meters in Bethesda. The smart meters will be installed on-street in Silver Spring later this year and eventually in all the County parking districts.

As an alternative to using the CashKey, parking patrons are encouraged to use the Pay-by-Phone system that is currently available for every County parking meter. Sign up by visiting or call 301-830-7074 for assistance.

More information about the County’s parking locations, rates and programs is available on DPM’s website.