Parking Permit and TAPS Programs Applications

Parking-eligible undergraduate students: There will be a limited number of R permits available to commuting students undergraduate permits (i.e., those who aren't living on campus) on a daily basis as space allows through June 14, 2018. These are sold daily on a first-come, first-served basis at the TAPS Sales Office, Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm. Email if you have questions.

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.

Residential Junior, Residential Senior, and Commuting Student Applicants

  • All commuting students and residential juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for a parking permit.
  • R and C permits are allocated on a first come, first served basis for eligible students.
  • Note: All C permits are sold out for 2018-19, with the excepton of Redwood Grove Lot 158. Only parking-eligible students who will be living at Redwood Grove Apartments may apply for a C158-159 permit. Call (831) 459-4543 or email to apply for a C158-159 permit.
  • 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.
  • Students must select the Student Billing payment method on applications submitted before August 28, 2018. When paying through your UCSC Student Account account charges are not subject to late fees until after the scheduled Fall disbursement of financial aid.
  • Students who want to pay with a credit card should submit their application now and add a note to the Comment Section on their application stating that they want to pay with a credit card. The credit card payment link will be added on August 28, 2018.
  • There is no guarantee that you will receive a permit (see "completing all steps" information below). In 2017-2018 long-term R permits (annual, quarterly, monthly, and weekly) sold out for the academic year prior to the start of fall quarter 2017, due to limited on-campus parking, and the high demand for permits.

Completing all steps of the parking application process in summer 2018 is recommended if you really need to bring a car to campus in fall.

  • 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 2018-2019 student parking permit.

Note: For a Summer Session 2018 student parking permit complete this application.

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 12/31/20; check the expiration date on your permit. 
  • Email if you have questions.

Apply for a 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 retiree parking permit or bus pass.