Campus Parking Permits

License Plate Recognition technology and Virtual Permits will replace decal permits starting August 1, 2019.

What is License Plate Recognition? 

  • LPR, License Plate Recognition technology uses optical character recognition to automatically read license plate characters. SMU will be operating mobile LPR, which uses vehicle-mounted cameras to verify plates in all campus lots.
  • LPR will increase the accuracy of identifying unauthorized or unregistered vehicles parked on campus. This new technology automates the process and notifies parking staff of unauthorized vehicles. 
  • The addition of LPR technology is the next phase in expanding the functionality and modernization of the parking database and gating system. LPR is expected to improve enforcement efficiency and further protect permit holder rights

How to update vehicle information?

  • Log on to your parking portal account at https://smu.edu/parkingservices  using the SMU Log In button with your SMU ID and password or if a Guest Account user log in to your guest account with the drivers license and password you set up. 
  • Select "Vehicle" on the upper left.
  • Select add to add a new vehicle or update a plate. Remember no spaces or dashes and make sure the entry matches the plate.
  • If you are no longer using a vehicle. Select the vehicle to be changed and double click on it. As long as no citations have occurred for this vehicle you can delete it. If a citation has been issued to that vehicle, please contact us via email at parking@smu.edu 

About SMU Parking Permits

General Information regarding SMU Parking Permits. See below for specific information about types of permits. 

  • A current parking permit must be properly displayed at all times when on campus or a Virtual Permit with the license plate of the vehicle used must be used otherwise your vehicle is at risk of being in violation.
  • SMU students can purchase academic year parking permits online through Parking Portal Account.
  • Students click here for all current parking fees.
  • SMU benefits eligible employees purchase a permit online and register their vehicle. A payment option for payroll deduction and agreement to payroll terms is also available online. Permits are auto renewed each year in July unless the permit is returned and a stop deduction form completed.  
  • SMU Temporary and Sponsored employees can purchase parking permits online on Parking Portal Account or at the Parking and ID Card Services Office. The Temporary permits are available by the day, week,  month or academic year and should be printed and displayed on the dash of the vehicle. The vehicle needs to be registered to the permit as well.  
  • Temporary parking permits are available for visitors and guests at the Parking and ID Card Services Office between 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. M-F or contact free online by creating a guest account.
  • Having purchased a permit does not imply that parking is allowed without displaying the permit. Temporary permit must be displayed at all times on campus and the vehicle registered online.  
  • Notes do not function as a permit and parking staff will not recognize notes inside or affixed to a parking vehicle. Contact the office if you have questions or need guidance.
  • Permits not from the parking office will be cited.
  • Permits tampered with or altered will be booted. 
  • If you are driving a different vehicle or have a loaner car. Make sure you log into your parking account to update the vehicle information and remove it after use.  If you forget to do so you will be at risk for citation. 
  • SMU academic year parking permits are high tack removable decals, they can be peeled off and transferred to a different vehicle so if you have multiple vehicles you can move the permit accordingly to the vehicle you bring. They cannot be used by a different person however. 

Ordering Parking Permits

  • To order a parking permit and register your vehicle, visit Parking Portal Account.
  • Permit fees will be charged to your my.SMU.edu account and are not paid on the Parking Portal Account 
  • Student Permit fees are based on the total number of credit hours of enrollment.

Opt-out of a Parking Permit

  • To "opt-out" of a resident parking permit, you need to log on to your parking account as though you're ordering a parking permit.
  • Select "Order Permit" when you get to the permit selection screen. You will need to select the "opt-out" of permit option on the bottom of the list of permit options.
  • You must agree to the parking rules for the University and then complete the process just as you would if you were ordering a permit.
  • The very last screen is the "order receipt" page. We recommend that you print and save this page for your records.

SMU Permit Types

Student Parking Permits

Student permits are purchased online and mailed using the attached link. Students must be registered for classes for more than 24 hours before logging in to order. Permit fees post to student accounts 24 to 48 hours after the permit is ordered and fees are paid on my.SMU.edu Student permits fees information is available on the Bursar's website how to make a payment

Click here for printable parking and permit instructions for student 

Campus Resident Permits 21-STR

Resident Permits may park in Resident areas and in select All University Permit (AUP) parking areas.

Permits are valid for the academic year and expire August 1st 

Proof of campus residency is required to order a resident permit.
Resident parking areas are marked yellow on the Student Parking Map to match the yellow color code of the virtual permit description. 
Resident permits are not valid in Meadows Museum Parking Center, Binkley Parking Center any level or Faculty/Staff areas.
Resident permits are valid in the "AUP" areas in red except Meadows Parking Center and Binkley Parking Center. 
Avoid parking in the following areas: visitor parking levels of Binkley and Hillcrest Parking Centers, metered parking and the Daniel Parking Center.

Non-Resident Permits 21-STU

Commuter/Student permits may park in any All University Permit (AUP) parking areas.

Permits are valid for the academic year and expire August 1st 

Commuter/Student parking areas are marked red on the Student Parking Map to match the red color code of the virtual permit description.
Commuter/Student parking permits are not valid past midnight in Meadows Museum Garage, Resident or Faculty/Staff areas.
Avoid parking in the following areas: visitor parking levels of Binkley Parking Center and Hillcrest Parking Center, metered parking and the Daniel Parking Center.
If your vehicle is in the shop or you will drive a different vehicle. The vehicle will need to be added to your Virtual permit for LPR. Failure to do so could result in citation. 

Fall Only Permits  20-STF

Commuter/Student  permits may park in any All University Permit (AUP) parking areas.

The permit is valid until December 31st and is intended for students graduating in December or studying aboard in the Spring Semester

Commuter/Student parking areas are marked red on the Student Parking Map. See gray color code bar in the description of the virtual permit to indicate Fall AUP
Commuter/Student parking permits are not valid past midnight in Meadows Museum Garage, Resident or Faculty/Staff areas.
Avoid parking in the following areas: visitor parking levels of Binkley and Hillcrest Parking Centers,  metered parking and the Daniel Parking Center
If your vehicle is in the shop or you will drive a different vehicle. you will need to add the vehicle to your parking account and virtual permit online.  Failure to do so could result in citation. 

Fall Only Campus Resident  permits may park in any Resident Parking Areas in yellow or the All University Permit (AUP) in red parking area except Binkley Parking Center and Meadows Parking Center.
The permit is valid until December 31st and is intended for students graduating in December or studying aboard in the Spring Semester

• Campus Resident Student parking areas are marked yellow on the Student Parking Map.
• Campus Resident Student parking permits are not valid in the Meadows Museum Parking Center, Binkley Parking Center, or Faculty/Staff areas.
• Avoid parking in the following areas: visitor parking levels of Binkley Parking Center and Hillcrest Parking Center, metered parking and the Daniel Parking Center.
• If your vehicle is in the shop or you will drive a different vehicle be sure to register the vehicle you will bring on your virtual permit online. Failure to do so could result in citation.   

Law School Permits  21-STL

Law School Permits may park in the Law Garage and in any All University Permit (AUP) area

 Permits are valid for the academic year and expire August 1st 

Numbering starts with the expiration year "21" followed by "N" for Daniel Parking Center and the unique number 

The Daniel Parking Center is marked green on the Student Parking Map to match the green color code bar on permit at the bottom.
Law permits are also valid in any All University Parking (AUP) parking areas marked red on the Student Parking Map.
Commuter/Student Parking Permits are not valid past midnight in Meadows Museum Garage or Faculty/Staff areas.
Avoid parking in the following areas:  resident, visitor parking, metered parking.
If your vehicle is in the shop or you bring a different vehicle, be sure to register the vehicle on your virtual permit for LPR on your parking account. Failure to so could result in citation. 

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Faculty and Staff Permits 

General Faculty Staff Permits 

Faculty/Staff Permits may park in Faculty/Staff (F/S) areas that are not assigned by letter. "E"

AUP and unassigned Faculty-Staff parking areas including E, Parking Centers Moody and Airline level one.

Permits are valid for the academic year and expire August 1st,

Numbering starts with  "E" for employee and the unique number  

General Faculty/Staff parking areas are indicated by signage posted at the entrances of each gated lot or within a parking garage.
Faculty/Staff Permits are also valid for parking in any All University Permit (AUP) parking areas on the campus map indicated in red a for the Virtual Permit for AUP. 
Avoid parking in the following areas:  visitor parking, metered parking, assigned faculty staff lots without a permit for that assignment and student resident parking.
If your vehicle is in the shop or you are using a different vehicle please register  the vehicle you will be using on your virtual permit for LPR. Failure to do so could result in citation.  

Click here for printable parking and permit instructions for Faculty and Staff

 Assigned Faculty Staff Permits

 Assigned Faculty/Staff Permits may park in the parking area that corresponds with the letter on the parking permit Letters

"E" plus lettered lots: C, F, H, J, L, M, P, Q, R, 

Permits are valid for the academic year and expire August 1st 

Numbering starts with  "E" for employee, followed by the assignment lot letter "M" and the unique number 

Only employees who have been assigned to park in these lots may receive the corresponding permit with matching letter Virtual Permit for that location. 

Assigned lots are reserved and subject to a waiting list. Eligible employees interested in assigned lot parking can sign up at My Parking Account. Once logged in select "Add/Edit Wait Lists" button on the lower right. 
 

Click here for printable parking and permit instructions for Faculty and Staff        

Adjunct Faculty Permits

"21ADJ"Faculty Permits may park in general Faculty/Staff (F/S) areas and AUP that are not assigned by letter

Adjunct permits are by purchased the semester and expire at the end of each semester.

Numbering starts with the expiration year "20" followed by "ADJ for adjunct and the unique number 

General Faculty/Staff parking areas are indicated by signage posted at the entrances of each lot or within a parking garage.
Faculty/Staff Permits are also valid for parking in any All University Permit (AUP) parking areas.
Avoid parking in the following areas:  visitor parking levels of Binkley Parking Center and Hillcrest Parking Center, metered parking and student resident parking.
If your vehicle is in the shop or you are using a different vehicle please register the vehicle you will be using to your virtual permit for LPR. Failure to do so could result in citation.

Click here for printable parking and permit instructions for Faculty and Staff

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Other Types of Permits

SMU AUP Permit

General Parking Permits "21AUP"

Individuals who are not current students or direct employees of the University have options to purchase: an annual, monthly or daily permit online at www.smu.edu/parkingservices or in our office. 

Permit expire based on the purchase date and duration. The expiration date will be visible on the permit. 

• General parking areas are indicated by signage posted at the entrances of each lot or within a parking garage.
• AUP Permits are valid for parking in any All University Permit (AUP) parking areas identified in red on the campus map and with a red dot on parking sign or with AUP indicated. This applies for both the Decal permit and Virtual permit for this type. 
• Avoid parking in the following areas: visitor parking, metered parking and student resident parking.
• If your vehicle is in the shop or you are using a different vehicle please register the vehicle you will be using to your virtual permit for LPR.  Failure to do so could result in citation. 

Click here for printable parking and permit instructions for General AUP parking permit.

Temporary Parking Permits

Online contact free options are available on our SMU Parking Portal at https://smu.edu/parkingservices 

  • TEMP_ _ _ _ and "21T"
  • Temporary Parking Permits for may be purchased from the Parking and ID Card Services Office between 8:30 a.m. - 4:45p.m., M-F. We are limiting lobby to 2-3 customers at a time mask requested for social distancing
  • Temporary Parking Permits are $10.00/day and must be properly displayed when parking on campus on the rear view mirror or dash with information visible.
  • Temporary Parking Permits are valid in any All University Permit (AUP) parking areas marked in red on the SMU Parking Maps.
  • Gated areas (Airline, Binkley, Moody and Mustang Parking Centers ) require a QR or entry code for entry which are issued by the Parking and ID Card Services Office upon receipt of permit for non-student or employee temporary permits. 
  • Students and employees must use their SMU ID card or a registered TollTag for entry or exit at these locations. 

Loading/Unloading Permits

  • Temporary Parking Permits serve as loading/unloading permits that will allow you to park closer to the building where you need to load or unload items for a short period of time. These permits are only available at the Parking and ID Card Services Office
  • Once the vehicle is loaded/unloaded, the vehicle should be parked in a regular space and not remain in the loading area. 
  • Please avoid parking in fire lanes, disabled spaces and "No Parking Zones".

Construction Vehicle Parking Permits

  • Designated parking is available to authorized construction with proper credentials.
  • Construction permits may be obtained by requesting a company account at parking@smu.edu and ordering online on our SMU Parking Portal    
  • Construction vehicles must avoid fire lanes, disabled spaces, reserved spaces and non-parking areas at all times.
  • All construction vehicles must have vehicles registered with a virtual permit at all times while on campus.  Construction vehicles on campus without a current construction vehicle permit are subject to citation. 

Temporary Disabled Parking

  • Disabled spaces on campus require a SMU parking permit and a state issued disabled placard or plate or an SMU temporary handicapped permit.  
  • Individuals with short term disabled parking needs should should contact their physician for doctors note. 
  • The doctors note can be emailed to parking@smu.edu  or faxed to 214-768-7678 for completion and picked up in our office 
  • A short term temporary disabled permit can be obtained from our office for a maximum of 6 weeks for on campus use only. Permit is non-renewable 
  • Drivers with longer expected recovery periods should file with the state for the state disabled permit see attached information.