SMU Permit Types


SMU students can purchase academic year virtual parking permits online through Parking Portal. 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 Student permits fees information is available on the Bursar's website how to make a payment.

May Term/Summer are available for purchase in April and offered at a flat rate valid until August 1st.


Campus Resident Permits 24-RES

Student resident permits may park in resident areas in yellow only. 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, Daniel Parking Center, Moody Parking Center, or employee parking areas (Blue) any other area not marked specifically for student residents.

Non-Resident Student Permits 24-STU

Commuter Student permits may park in orange parking areas only. Permits are valid for the academic year and expire August 1st.

  • Commuter/Student parking areas are marked orange on the Parking Map to match the orange color code of the virtual permit description.
  • Commuter/Student parking permits are not valid past midnight in Meadows Museum Garage, Resident or Faculty/Staff (Blue) areas. Not valid in Meadows Museum visitor spaces. 

Employee Permits

Assigned Employee Permits

Assigned employee permits may park in the blue parking area that corresponds with the letter on the parking permit description. 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.
  • Employees with "E" permits are assigned to lettered lots: C, F, H, I, J, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, U2, W1-7

Adjunct Faculty Employee Permits

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

  • Once you order your Adjunct Parking Permit, you will be assigned a parking location within two (2) weeks of purchase.
  • Employee parking areas are indicated by signage posted at the entrances of each lot or within a parking garage and have a blue color code. Please be sure to note the levels in the parking centers that are designated for faculty and staff (blue signs).
  • Avoid parking in the following areas: Visitor parking levels of Binkley Parking Center and Student resident or commuter parking areas.
  • 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 a citation.


Temporary Parking Permits

Online contact free options are available on our SMU Parking Portal at

  • Temporary Parking Permits for may be purchased from the Parking and ID Card Services Office between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Temporary Parking Permits are $10.00/day.
  • Temporary Parking Permits are valid in the location referenced in the permit description in the system.

Loading/Unloading Permits

  • Additional permission to your existing permit 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 Permis and Vendor Permits

  • Currently, construction vehicle permits are unavailable.  Due to campus limitations for parking, all construction vehicles will need to utilize off campus parking.
  • Vendor permits are limited and are required to be sponsored by the requesting department and are available on a first come, first serve basis. 20 minute unloading/loading at service areas is available.

Campus Service Spaces

  • Service spaces are marked in blue or with a sign. The spaces can be used by marked commercial vehicles for active use loading/unloading or by those with a service permit issued by our office only for 20 minutes only. No parking is allowed. Unauthorized vehicles are subject to citation or tow. 
  • The Postal Vehicle reserved area is for offical post office vehicle usem only. No customer pick up or drop off, no parking. Unauthorized vehicles are subject to citation or tow. 

Temporary Accessible Parking for persons with disabilities

  • Accessible spaces on campus require a SMU parking permit and a state-issued disabled placard or plate or an SMU temporary disabled access parking permit.
  • Individuals with short-term accessible parking needs should contact their physician for a doctor's note.
  • The doctor's note can be emailed to or faxed to 214-768-7678 for completion and picked up in our office.
  • A short-term temporary accessible 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.  Disabled Parking, Placards & Plates |