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Student permits

2019/2020 Academic Year Permits Will Be Available August 15, 2019

UMBC requires all parked vehicles have a valid UMBC virtual permit, Monday through Thursday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Friday 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM, excluding visitor pay to park spaces. Parking permits are required year round and the permit is attached to your vehicle(s). Permits are issued for an academic year from September 1st through August 31st and remain valid for the entire year for students enrolled in both fall and spring semester. Permits are deactivated for students that are not actively registered for courses during the fall or spring semester.

Go to the Parking Account Portal to request a permit.  To log in, please use your myUMBC credentials.  Please Do Not Create A Visitor Account.  Contact with questions or inquiries.

Virtual Permit System

UMBC uses virtual permits for all parking across campus. The new system, which uses License Plate Recognition, will identify your vehicle by its license plate, removing the need for physical hangtags and allowing all permit holders to easily add and maintain multiple vehicles on their accounts.

Please make sure ALL letters and numbers are entered correctly.  The plate below would be entered as EST 1634.

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Permit Zones

Student parking permits are issued according to your classification for the following parking zones:
Zone A – Red – Commuter Students
Zone B – Green – Walker Community Residents
Zone C – Gold – Residential Students (excluding Walker Apts)
Zone F – Orange – Freshman Resident Students

Modified parking zones are in effect during the winter and summer sessions.
If your classification changes, you must exchange your current permit at Parking Services.

Permit Distribution

Permit distribution begins around the middle of August for the fall semester, December 1st for the winter session, early January for the spring semester and early May for summer semester. Only students registered for credit courses are eligible for a parking permit. Please allow 1-2 days for your record to update in the parking system. You will receive an error message ‘Invalid Authentication’ if your account is not updated as a student in the parking system.


There is no additional fee for the student parking permit; it is covered under the mandatory transportation fee with your tuition. Permits will not be automatically renewed each year, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain a new permit each academic year if needed.