Visitor Permits

TAPS's mission is to protect the parking spaces of those who pay for and properly display a valid parking permit and to ensure a safe and user-friendly environment is maintained on campus. Parking citations will be issued to those who do not abide by UC Merced's parking regulations.

Parking permit purchases are on a first-come, first-served basis; this means certain parking permits may not be available at any given time. Purchasing a parking permit does not guarantee space availability.

Solar Parking Meters

Two parking meters are available for non-affiliated campus visitors in the Library Lot. Meters accept coins or credit cards and parking is limited to two hours. Please note faculty, staff, and students are not authorized in these spaces. Enforcement will be in effect 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Time Price
15 minute increments $0.25
1 hour (minimum credit card purchase) $1.00
2 hours - Max allowed $2.00


Hourly Parking Permits

Kiosk permits are available for temporary parking in any non-specially marked space in Lake Lot 2 and Evolution Valley Lot. These permits must be clearly displayed on the vehicle dash. Kiosks accept credit/debit cards, coins, and one dollar billls only. No change will be given. All day permits expire 11:59pm.

Permit Price
2 hours $2.00
4 hours $4.00
6 hours $6.00
All Day $8.00


New Kiosk Paystation in Lake Lot 2!

In order to improve the reliability of campus parking permit dispensers, Transportation and Parking Services will be replacing the current kiosk paystations. The new machines have a number of features that customers should find useful:

- no more printed permits (pay-by-plate)
- an app that allows payment by smartphone
- more reliable technology
- clearly defined instructions for use
- a built-in light bar that illuminates the keypad at night

The new paystations accept credit and debit cards, but not cash. Elimination of cash payments will reduce the frequency of machine malfunctions and improve efficiency of the collection process.

Short-Term Visitor Parking Permits

Permits must be purchased at the TAPS office. For more information please call the TAPS Help Desk at (209) 228-8277 or toll free at (866) 755-8277.

Type Price
Vendor — Monthly Rate $33.00
Vendor — Weekly Rate $17.00
Vendor — Daily Rate $8.00

Scratcher — Day Permit

Valid in Lake lot 2, Evolution Valley, and Mammoth Lakes Road only.


Vendor permits are valid in service vehicle and non-specially marked spaces in any lot.

UC Merced Permit Reciprocity

UC Merced honors all quarterly and annual faculty/staff parking permits from other University of California campuses. You may park in any of the non-specially marked "general" spaces in any lot except the Student Resident and Contractor Lots. Such permits are not valid for parking in Reserved, Carpool, University Business or disabled parking spaces.

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