Parking Permit and TAPS Programs Applications

Please Note: You have 48 hours after submitting your online application to cancel it without being assessed a $20 administrative fee.

Graduate Student, Faculty, and Staff Applicants

  • If your vehicle does not currently have a license plate number please provide the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on your permit application. 
  • Most multi-year permits (see sample) don't expire until 12/31/21; check the expiration date on your permit. 
  • Email if you have questions.
Apply for a 2019-2020 parking permit or bus pass.

Retiree Applicants

  • Please note when adding new license plates to your permit, we will require the vehicle registration to be emailed to
  • Email if you have questions.

Apply for a 2019-2020 retiree parking permit or bus pass.

Residential Freshman and Sophomore Students

  • Freshman and sophomore students who live on campus are not eligible to purchase parking permits; please note that earning enough credits (90 units) to achieve Junior status during the year won't change your eligibility until the beginning of the next Fall Quarter. Details are available here: parking/freshmen-and-sophomore-residential-student-parking-prohibition.
  • Ineligible residential students with critical parking needs may pursue parking through a parking appeal before applying for a permit.
  • Email if you have questions.

Current Permit Options for Commuting Parking-Eligible Undergraduate Students

Due to an increase in demand for R permits for the 2019-2020 academic year, we have reached the upper limit for R parking capacity, and have therefore suspended long-term R permit sales. We'll monitor utilization in our remote lots; if utilization allows, we will consider releasing additional permits for sale to those on the waitlist. 

Daily R Permit Sales
Daily R permits may be available to parking-eligible students if lots have capacity. A certain number of daily R permits are offered on a first come, first serve basis each day. Stop by the TAPS Sales Office (starting at 7:00am Monday – Friday) to check availability.

Other Permit Options
Long-term NC Night Commuter permits are currently available and allow eligible commuting undergraduates access to the Core West parking structure, the East Field House, and most college parking lots, after 4:30 p.m. The cost is $39 quarterly, or $5 nightly. To purchase a quarterly NC permit apply here. Nightly NC permits must be purchased at the TAPS Sales Office (7:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday).

Short-term Medical Parking
To obtain a short-term Medical permit you need to submit medical documentation to Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS). The documentation must be from a medical professional (e.g. physician, surgeon, chiropractor, etc.) and must include the duration of the temporary parking need and the type of accommodation: Close-in, or Medical (difficulty walking more than 50 yards). Students can submit documentation for up to one month in duration directly to the TAPS Sales Office (, or call the Sales Office at (831) 459-4543 for other arrangements.

Documentation for longer than one month of Medical parking must come directly from either the Student Health Center or the Disability Resource Center.

Waitlist for Long-term Permits
A waitlist for those who still want to apply for longer-term R permits is available. To sign up for the waitlist complete the online application (, and submit a copy of your vehicle registration to

Parking Appeal for Commuting Students with Critical Need

Commuting or residential first- and second-year students with critical need for an R parking permit can submit an appeal for consideration by exception. Carefully read the instructions and eligibility requirements before filling out an appeal form and uploading documents. For questions regarding appeals, email Patrick Randolph.

2019-2020 Parking Appeal Eligibility and Form

Important Information for Residential Junior, Residential Senior, and Commuting Student Applicants

  • All commuting students and residential juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for a parking permit.
  • Note: All C permits are sold out for 2019-2020
  • R and C permits are allocated on a first come, first served basis for eligible students.
  • C permit applicants be advised: TAPS will create and maintain wait lists for each C lot. Campus residents will be given first priority for C permits; after September 1st, any remaining C permits will be allocated to commuting students. When your name reaches the top of the wait list, TAPS will check the availability of the lots you specified on your application. If all of those lots are sold out, you will automatically be issued and charged (or student billed) for a remote (R) permit.
  • When paying through your UCSC Student Account, charges are not subject to late fees until after the scheduled Fall disbursement of financial aid.
  • There is no guarantee that you will receive a permit (see "completing all steps" information below). 

Completing all steps of the parking application process is necessary if you need to bring a car to campus.

  • Step One: Complete the online application (link available below).
  • Step Two: Your parking permit application process is not considered complete until we have your vehicle registration (see Step Three below) and the following items have been selected/completed on your application:  Permit type, Payment type, and Signature.
  • Step Three: Please send a scan or photo of your current vehicle registration to; be sure to include your name and student ID# in the subject line. (If you have done this previously, and your vehicle license plate number(s) haven't changed, it does not need to be sent again.)
  • Step Four: It is very important that you check your email regularly in order to retain your place in line for a parking permit. You will be notified by email if we need additional information from you. You will also be notified by email if/when a permit has been processed.
  • Email if you have questions (with name and student ID# in the subject line).

Apply for a 2019-2020 student parking permit