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Pay for Parking by Mobile Phone

MobileNOW! is available for use to pay by cell for parking in Montgomery County at approximately 12,000 parking meters throughout Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Montgomery Hills, and North Bethesda.

In each area, participating meters are individually labeled with mobile phone parking instructions.

Benefits of Pay by Cell Parking

  • Simple and user friendly
  • No need to worry about coin availability
  • You will receive a text message warning reminder when parking is about to expire
  • Manage parking sessions remotely within maximum allowable time limit
  • Save an average of 33%: pay for time parked only
  • View your parking transactions online

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

How Pay by Cell Service Works

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Park by smartphone app

  1. Download the Pay by Cell app from your phone's app store.
  2. Open the downloaded app
  3. Enter the location and meter number
    (located on the meter decal)
  4. Select the amount of time you wish to park
  5. Click on 'Park Now' to begin parking

Park by calling

  1. Park at any meter with a Pay by Cell decal
  2. Call 301-830-7074 with your mobile phone
  3. Enter the meter location number
    (located on the meter decal)
  4. Select the amount of time you wish to park

When you return to your car, you may either allow the session to run until time expires, or you may call the same phone number to stop your parking session, and pay for time parked only. You will receive voice and text messages confirming the start and stop of your parking session.

For other general questions on parking or to report broken meters, please call Division of Parking Management at 240-777-8740.

Received citation?

If you believe that the citation was issued in error please contact Division of Parking Management by phone at 240-777-8740 or by email at

Parking Management · Montgomery County Department of Transportation · 240-777-8740 · Fax: 240-777-8720 · 100 Edison Park Dr · 4th Floor · Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878 ·
For any MCDOT service requests, call 311. Outside the county, call 240-777-0311 or submit via the website.   For website issues, broken links or comments, please email us(does not handle service requests).
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