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Transportation Services Piloting Virtual Permit System

a collage image of parking hangtags and decals

Beginning February 2021, Transportation Services is piloting a virtual permit program for annual A and E permits using the vehicle’s displayed license plate as an electronic permit.

The goal of the project is to create a more efficient process for both permit holders and the parking department. Staff members with a CU NetID will be able to order their new A or E parking permit through the online Parking Portal, link their permit to their university-registered vehicles, and park. There is no hangtag to display (or forget) because your license plate is your parking credential.

Moving to online ordering and virtual permitting has a side benefit of furthering university fiscal responsibility and sustainability goals by reducing the amount of plastic and paper used to create hangtags, reducing staff labor costs, and eliminating the need to mail the permits.

A successful pilot may result in the expansion of the virtual permit program to other permit types and parking lots. For now, only A and E permit holders with a permit valid until February 2022 are eligible to park in their allotted area with no permit displayed; all other parkers must display a permit or use a mobile-payment option. To learn more, visit