Automated License Plate Recognition (LPR)


Parking & Transportation Services is transitioning to License Plate Recognition (LPR). Plastic hangtags and paper permits will no longer be issued. Your plate will be your permit. 

LPR Phases

Phase I

  • Fall 2022: LPR virtual permits for all Resident students

Phase II

  • Summer 2023: LPR virtual permits for student commuters enrolled in Summer Sessions A-E
  • Fall 2023: LPR virtual permits for all student commuters, visitors and University guests

Phase III

  • Spring 2024: LPR virtual permits for all Faculty/Staff

IMPORTANT REMINDER: The LPR system relies on a license plate for permit verification. Please ensure correct license plate information is provided in order to avoid a parking violation. You may update your vehicle information on the Parking Portal

For additional information, please review the below LPR FAQ.


What is License Plate Recognition (LPR)

LPR is a virtual permit system that uses license plates to validate parking. Your plate is your permit.

LPR identifies whether a license plate is associated with a valid permit. If a vehicle is not associated with a valid permit, the system will prompt a violation to be issued. If multiple vehicles associated with a permit are parked on campus, the system will recognize the first vehicle as being legally parked but will prompt a violation for additional vehicles associated with the permit.

Why LPR?

LPR eliminates the need to display a physical permit. LPR reduces waste and plastic permit production and the additional resources required to maintain permit dispensers. 

What if I have multiple vehicles? Temporary plates? Or need to drive a rental?

Multiple Vehicles 


Resident and commuter permit holders may register one vehicle through the Parking Portal. To update or change vehicle information, you must complete the Permit Vehicle Change Request Form and submit a copy of the DMV vehicle registration. Be sure to indicate if this is a permanent or temporary change.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff may register up to three vehicles through the Parking Portal. For assistance updating vehicle information, you may contact

  • Please note: Only one vehicle is valid on campus per day; additional vehicles parked on campus associated with the virtual permit will be subject to a parking violation.

Temporary Plates 

Temporary plates may be registered by entering the temporary plate number as the Vehicle License Plate. Select “Temporary Plate” as the Vehicle Plate Type and enter the full VIN. 

If there is no temporary plate number, enter the last 7 digits of your VIN as the Vehicle License Plate. Select “VIN Number” as the Vehicle Plate Type and enter the full VIN

  • Please note: VINs do not contain the letters O, I, and Q.
  • Once a permanent plate has been obtained, it must be added to the "permit" through the Parking Portal.

Rental Vehicles

Rental vehicles may be registered online and linked to the permit on file. Once the rental vehicle is returned, please contact the Parking Office at 

What if I get a new license plate?

Your license plate and vehicle information must be current and correct in order to avoid a parking violation. Please visit your online parking account to update your information immediately after any changes in vehicle information. Residents and students must submit a Permit Vehicle Change Request Form.

What if I have a specialized plate or special characters/symbols? 

If you have a personalized plate with less than 7 characters, or if you have a special character within your plate (heart, star, etc.), please skip the special character when entering the number into the system and simply include the remaining characters on the plate. 

  • For example: If your plate is I<3TUFFY, you would enter as “ITUFFY” during the online registration process. 

What if I do not have a front license plate?

All vehicles registered in the State of California, are required to display two plates, one in the front and one in the rear of the vehicle (California Vehicle Code 5200).  Vehicles must pull forward into a parking space and may not back in so that they may be properly scanned and verified.

How does LPR work?

LPR uses a system of cameras and accompanying software placed in parking enforcement vehicles to scan license plates. When a scanned license plate number is not associated with a valid "permit" or is being used incorrectly, the system prompts enforcement staff to investigate further and potentially issue a violation.

What information will be collected and how will it be used?

LPR scans of vehicles will record the following:

  • License plate image
  • License plate number
  • License plate state
  • Date
  • Time
  • Location

Collected information and records will not be:

  • Sold, published, exchanged, or disclosed for commercial purposes.
  • Disclosed or published without authorization.
  • Disseminated to persons not authorized to access or use the information.

Information collected will be stored for no longer than 30 days unless it involves: 

  • An open citation
  • An open appeal case
  • Court-ordered requirement

Scans are kept locally on the LPR device. Scans with associated violations may be transferred for ticket issuance. 

  • Any data stored for longer will be anonymized, aggregated and used for various analytics.

What if I need to drive a different car for the day? 

Students who need to swap their vehicle for the day may request a daily exemption. Contact P&TS at (657) 278-3082 and provide a CWID, make, model, and color of the vehicle, license plate number. After the information is verified, the vehicle will be issued a virtual permit.  Please note, only two requests will be honored each month.