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Virtual A and E Permits

Your License Plate is Your Permit!

Transportation Services is in the beginning stages of implementing a virtual permit system, using the vehicle license plate as the parking credential. This means A and E permit holders won't need to worry about displaying a permit hangtag, as your license plate is used to verify that you have a valid parking permit for the lot.

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 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

Getting Started

Eligible faculty and staff with a CU NetID can order an A (A Lot) or E (E areas; work location requirements must be met) permit using the parking portal at You'll be required to register and link at least one of your vehicles to the virtual permit.

To register your vehicle and obtain a permit, log into your account and follow the instructions. Once a virtual permit is issued a confirmation receipt will be emailed notifying you that the permit is now active. Vehicle information can be updated at at any time.


  • A vehicle must be registered with the University and be linked to your parking permit before parking on campus.
  • Vehicle information must be kept current. Visit to review and update your information.
  • Only one vehicle per permit may park in the associated permit area. While you are able to link multiple vehicles to a permit, only one may be parked in the permit area during any calendar day, unless each car has its own permit for the lot.
  • You are not permitted to register another community member's car, or a loaner or rental vehicle. Please contact us if you need to park with a vehicle you cannot add to your permit.
  • Vehicles must be parked so that a license plate is viewable from the driving lane. For vehicles registered in states that do not issue front plates (i.e. Pennsylvania), this typically means the vehicle will need to be parked “nose-in”.

  • License plates must be readable. Devices that cover or obstruct a license plate are illegal in New York State (NY V&T § 402 (b)). The presence of such devices may result in the issuance of a citation.  

  • Vehicles registered in New York: the New York Department of Motor Vehicles has acknowledged that some older license plates are susceptible to “delamination (peeling) of their printed coating”.  Replacements for license plates experiencing this issue may be obtained free of charge. More information is located at
  • E permit worksites: Hurlburt House, Africana Center, Print Services, Schuyler/Sage House, Solidago Complex.

  • A Lot: Permit limited to commuting employees (not a resident of campus housing).

Virtual Permits FAQ

How do I know my virtual permit is active?

If you used the parking portal to make your permit request, you will receive an email notification confirming your permit is active. If you submitted a paper or webform request to Transportation Services, you will receive an email notification when the transaction is processed.

If you have a CU NetID and password, just visit to check the status of your permit. You can also add and update vehicle information.

How do I return or cancel my permit?

Contact Us to deactivate your permit if you no longer need it or are leaving university employment.

Will I receive a renewal form?

Permit holders eligible to use the online portal will receive an email with instructions; all others receive a renewal form in the mail. Do not forward or share renewal notifications, as they are specific to the permit holder.