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Parking Information

It is the mission of Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) to protect the parking spaces of those who pay for and properly display a valid parking permit 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. Paid parking does not guarantee space availability.

Virtual parking permit purchases are on a first come, first served basis; this means certain virtual parking permits may not be available at any given time.


(valid paid parking required during these hours )

Library Lot
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Calaveras Lot
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Specially marked spaces and Lots

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Faculty/Staff Lots


Le Grand Lot and Library Lot 2
7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday

North Bowl, North Bowl 2, ECEC and Scholars Lots

7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

Student Commuter/Staff Lots


Bellevue Lot
7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

Visitor Lots

Bellevue Lot

7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday


Virtual Parking Permit Information

UC Merced uses the License Plate Recognition (LPR) permitting system.  Your vehicle's license plate is used to verify parking purchases.  No semester physical permits are issued.

Please note:

  • A valid Driver's License is required to purchase parking.

  • License plate information is required prior to purchase.*

  • All outstanding citations must be paid in full prior to purchasing parking.

  • TAPS office accepts cash or check only.  Please make checks payable to UC Regents.


WayToPark Mobile Hourly Parking

Download the WayToPark mobile app and pay for hourly parking with your phone. Available for IOS and Android.

Zone 1111 - Valid for parking in Bellevue Lot

Valid for use by Commuters and Visitors only. On-Campus residents not authorized.


Designated Parking Areas

All vehicles parked on University property must utilize marked spaces. In paved lots, parking spaces are designated by white lines on the roadway and/or yellow markers and numbers painted on the roadway. In temporary (dirt) lots, parking spaces are designated by yellow markers and/or white “PARK” signs with black lines and arrows (vehicles must park between the black lines with the arrows pointing inward at the vehicle.) For a visual display of this, please click here.