Student Permits 

2019 Virtual Spring Student Parking Permit Rates

TAPS's mission is to protect the parking spaces of those who pay for parking 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 or may not be available at any given time. Purchasing a parking permit does not guarantee space availability.

Daily or Short-Term Parking

If you have not purchased semester parking, you may choose to purchase a daily or weekly permit.  These permits may be purchased online, however are still physical permits and must be picked up at the TAPS office. Hourly permits are also available at the paystations. Student Commuter parking is only available in Bellevue Lot.

To be eligible to purchase campus parking students must be a sophomore, junior or senior status (30 or more units). All other students will be placed on a waiting list and permits will be released as space is available.

Virtual Permitting

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.

Resident Housing Permit Information

Housing permit applications will be available beginning December 10, 2018. This includes the Freshman Exception and Continuing/New Transfer, applications. Applications must be submitted by January  31, 2019. Purchasing a kiosk permit does not authorize on campus parking during enforcement hours.

Freshman Residents

Incoming freshmen Housing residents are not eligible for parking. However, a limited number of spaces have been allotted to accommodate freshman residents who require frequent access to a vehicle. You may apply for a "Fall H" Housing permit if you meet one of the exception criteria. Residents will be parking at Merced College, there will be no on campus parking for the fall semester. Purchasing a kiosk permit does not authorize on campus parking during enforcement hours.

Click on the permit "Type" to view parking locations on the campus map.

Validity Dates


SPRING H Residents*
(parking at the Merced College lot)
  1/14/19 - 5/17/19 $160

*Available by approval only.


Commuter Student

Commuter Permits can be purchased via the My UC Merced Parking Portal beginning Monday, December 3, 2018. Please note, freshmen are not eligible to purchase a permit to park on campus. Carpool permits may only be purchased at the TAPS office. Carpool Applications now available.

Available for parking in Bellevue Lot.

Validity Dates


SPRING C Commuter 12/3/18 1/14/19 - 5/17/19 $160


Commuter Carpool*
(2+ students driving 3 days/week)
12/3/18 1/14/19 - 5/17/19 $160
M Commuter Motorcycle 12/3/18 1/14/19 - 5/17/19 $135

*Carpool permits may only be purchased at the office.  All students must be present and have class and/or work schedules at time of purchase.

Short-term medical parking permits are available for the short-term need of accessible parking for medical reasons. A doctor’s note containing a specific start and end date is required to obtain this permit. The “MP” permit must be displayed in conjunction with a valid UC Merced Student parking permit. This permit is valid in any non-specially marked space in any lot. This permit is not authorized in ADA spaces.

Please note: Refunds will not be offered for spring semester permits.