Student Permits

Permits ARE REQUIRED for the Fall Semester

Students may now secure their permit for the 2021-22 School Year on the UMBC Parking Portal. Permits will be enforced beginning on August 31.

UMBC requires all parked vehicles to have a valid UMBC virtual permit, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:00 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 August 15th through August 14th and remain valid for the entire school 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.

Watch the short video below on how to get a parking permit.

Virtual Permit System

UMBC uses virtual permits for all parking across campus. The system uses License Plate Recognition and 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 EST1634.

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Permit Zones

Student parking permits are issued according to your classification for the following parking zones:
Zone A – Commuter Students
Zone B – Walker Community Residents
Zone C – Residential Students (excluding Walker Apartments)
Zone F – First-Year Resident Students

Modified parking zones may be in effect during the winter and summer sessions.

If your classification changes, you must contact the Parking Services Office so that we can change your virtual permit designation.

Permit Registration

Permit registration begins the middle of August for the fall semester, December 1st for the winter session, January 15th for the spring semester and early May for summer semester. Only students registered for credit courses are eligible for a parking permit. Please allow 24 hours 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.