Registering Your Vehicle

Who Can Register

Any student who has completed at least 28 approved credits can register for campus parking privileges. (The 28 credit requirement does not apply to commuters or graduate students, or to Summer Session parking.) You can only register vehicles owned by you, or by a member of your immediate family (mother, father, brother, sister). 

How to Register

Spring 2015 student parking registration is now available and must be completed online. PermitDirect™ will provide a printable temporary permit allowing students to park immediately. Permanent permits will be mailed to students' campus or local address.

Students eligible for upgrades to a base student permit, such as graduate assistants, student athletes and those with a state-issued ADA placard, must visit the Parking Office to obtain their upgraded permit. However, registration for a base student permit needs to be completed online prior to applying for any upgrades.

Address Information

To ensure prompt delivery, off-campus students must provide their full local address (including street number, street, and apartment number, if applicable) when registering for a permit. In addition, any students moving into a new residence in State College must notify the local Post Office of their residency prior to registering for a permit, as this is required to receive any mail at a new address.

Residents of Nittany Apartments must use the following address format in order to receive their permit:

600 E. Pollock Road
Apt. #, Nittany Apts.
State College PA 16801

When to Register

Vehicles must be registered by the first day of classes each semester or by the first business day following your arrival on campus. Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Spring 2015 registration is now available exclusively online.

Permit Options

If you will be living off campus, there are two on-campus options available:

  1. Students commuting to campus may purchase a permit to park their cars in the commuter lots: Lot 44, Stadium West, and Porter North during the day. Commuter permits are not valid from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. in any campus parking lot, seven days a week.
  2. The second option is Long-Term Storage parking in Lot 43. This option would be for students living off campus and unable to acquire parking at their place of residence. This option allows 24 hour parking in Lot 43. Off campus addresses must include street number, street name, and apartment number if applicable. (NOTE: Lot 43 is sold out for the spring 2015 semester. Off campus students in need of long-term storage parking may register for Lot 83 East.)

If you will be living on campus:

Resident student parking consists of six parking options: Lot 22 (for residents of Eastview Terrace), Lot 81 (for residents of South & Pollock Halls), Lot 42 (for residents of Nittany Apartments & Nittany Hall), Lot 82 (for residents of North & East Halls), YWH parking at the Nittany Deck (for residents of West Halls), Lot B11 (for residents of White Course Apartments) and Lot 83, which is open to all eligible students residing on campus. (NOTE: YWH is sold out for the spring 2015 semester. West Halls residents may register for Lot 82 or Lot 83.)

Bicycle Registration

Don't forget, all bicycles operated within the Centre Region must be registered. Registration is free and easy to Penn State students and staff.

You will need the make, model, color, and serial number of the bicycle to complete the registration process. At the end of the process, a registration number will be automatically assigned, and the registration sticker will be mailed to the local address provided during the registration process within two business days.

Note: Because the permit is sent to the local address, if moving to a residence hall or apartment, please do not register until arriving on campus or into your new apartment. Off campus addresses must include street number, street name, and apartment number if applicable.