Frequently Asked Questions
Virtual Permits use your license plate information and a connected database to identify your vehicle with License Plate Recognition rather than a traditional affixed decal or hangtag permit.
License Plate Recognition (LPR) is a part of a parking management system that uses cameras and optical character recognition (OCR) to identify license plate numbers.
Okay, but what does that mean?
Just like a cashier at a grocery store scans the barcode on your groceries instead of manually keying in the price, the new parking system will scan your license plate to check for a permit, instead of parking officers manually checking your permit.
You will still be able to register for and purchase most permits online as you have always done. The only difference will be that online purchase is now required.
This year Parking Services is implementing the system, and it will be a phased implementation. We are still issuing physical permits during this transitional year to accustom everyone to the new online system and to ensure we have all the needed functionality.
Next year (FY20) there will be no permit stickers or hangtags for students, faculty, and staff.
Our system also accepts e-checks. Check with your bank to see if your checking account can be used for ACH payments (most can) and just enter your routing and checking account number.
No bank account or a Pin-Only debit card? Our system will also accept prepaid credit cards that can be purchased at most grocery stores.
No. Because our system used License Plate Recognition, we will know that you have a permit associated with that vehicle. You are required to put the physical permit on the car when you receive it.