Student Permits

Students Permits are Now Available 

Parking Permit for the 2023-24 School Year will be Available on August 15, 2023!

Permits are required for the two Summer Semesters. Students will be required to park in an A, B or C Zone Space during the summer.  If you park in a Pay to Park Lot, you must pay between the hours of 8 AM to 4 PM.

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. All vehicles must be registered before being driven to campus. Parking permits are required year-round and the permit is attached to your vehicle(s).

Permits are available on the UMBC Parking Portal. (DO NOT CREATE VISITOR ACCOUNTS)

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. Resident students with 29 credits or less, who are in their first year at UMBC are considered First-Year Residents. This is based on the credits you have at the beginning of the school year in August. You may not change mid-year.

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 -Resident students with 29 credits or less who are in their first year at UMBC are considered First-Year Residents (Based on August Credit Total). 

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

If your residential 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 16th 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.