Registering Your Vehicle
Who Can Register
Any University Park 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).
Fall 2015/Spring 2016 Registration
Fall 2015/Spring 2016 University Park student parking registration is now available exclusively 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.
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.
If you will be living off campus, there are two on-campus options available:
- Students commuting to the University Park 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 a.m. - 4 a.m. in any campus parking lot, seven days a week.
- 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. Lot 43 is sold out for Fall 2015. Off-campus students in need of long-term storage parking may register for parking at 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. Lots 22, 81 and YWH are sold out for Fall 2015. Residents of the associated resident hall areas may register for Lot 82 or Lot 83.
Updating Your Vehicle & Contact Information
All student permit holders are required to maintain accurate contact and vehicle information with the Parking Office. If there is a change to your address, phone number or email address, or if you change vehicles or wish to add an additional vehicle as authorized for use with your permit (must be owned by you or someone in your immediate family and only one vehicle may be on campus at a time), please update this information by logging into the registration portal and using the account management features in the main menu.
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.