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Freshman Commuter Petition

Spring 2022 Parking Permit

Attention- Existing Fall 2021 freshman commuter permit holders, if you will continue to have freshman class standing with less than 30 units completed and live off campus - you will not need to reapply for the spring semester- you will not need to reapply for the spring semester.  Please respond to the survey. If you responded with a YES, we will send further information beginning Monday, December 6th. 

Freshman Commuter Parking Petition - Available December 1, 2021

Freshman commuters are not eligible to purchase on-campus parking permits (including  kiosk permits), however, a petition may be filed for those that meet the following criteria:

  • Health (Medical Exception) - A medical condition, disability, or frequent and urgent visits to an off-campus health care provider that cannot be accessed through Cat Tracks. You will need to submit a letter from your health care provider on his/her office stationary detailing your diagnosis. All information provided will be kept confidential.

  • Employment - Off-campus employment. Along with your resident parking application you will need to submit your most recent pay stub and a written explanation of how your employment relates to your education. In addition, you will need to submit your most recent pay stub by the 10th day of each month as proof of your continued employment.

  • Military - Meeting your military service requirements. You will need to submit a letter from your commanding officer on unit stationary with your 1) full unit designation 2) drill location and 3) a drill schedule that reflects your required attendance.

  • Extreme Circumstances - Any other urgent transportation need. Those that live in areas that are not serviced by Cat Tracks and/or live outside of Merced may also use this exception. Having a car for convenience does not qualify for this exception. Please provide official supporting documentation; such as proof of address.

  •  Proof of address may include:

    • A lease with the Name, Address, and Validity Date

    • A Bill (PG&E, Water, Sewage, Garbage, Internet, or Cable)

    • Please call 209. 228. 8277 or email for further questions


Student Carpool Permit Requirements

  • Student carpools must have two or more currently registered students attending UC Merced.

  • Carpool members must ride together at least three days per week (Monday through Friday)

  • Each member must be present with their school and/or work schedules when the permit is purchased.

  • The primary driver must approve each member participating in the carpool.

  • The primary driver will be issued the parking decal. Each additional rider that has a vehicle registered with the carpool will have access to 6 occasional one-time use only permits. These permits are nontransferable and are for use on days when carpooling to campus is not feasible.

Want to recruit new carpool members? Click here to use our free online Ridematching Services.