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Commuter Parking

Spring Semester 2024 Commuter Parking Permits

Student commuter and carpool parking permits for Spring 2024 are expected to go on sale Monday, Dec. 11, 2023. Spring semester permits will be valid from Jan. 9, 2024 - May 10, 2024 and will cost $160. Carpool and Commuter permits are only valid in Bellevue Lot - Green Zone.

Commuter permits can be purchased via My UC Merced Parking Portal.   Carpool permits will not be available online.

Student commuters are eligible to purchase monthly Slate Zone parking. Permits can be purchased via My UC Merced Parking Portal. The permit cost is $50 per month. 

First-year students who would like a commuter parking permit are required to submit an application to TAPS. Please use the link below to apply for an spring 2024 permit:

 Spring 2024 UC Merced Freshman Exception Parking Application  


General Freshman Commuter Parking Information

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. Having a car for convenience does not qualify for this exception. Please provide official supporting documentation.


Please contact our office with further questions. We can be reached at 209-228-8277 or