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Parking permit fundamentals

A permit is not a “reservation”

A Stanford parking permit is the property of Stanford University. Purchasing a parking permit grants you permission to park in designated areas on University lands. It is not a guarantee that you will always be able to find a space in a specific or preferred parking area.

Lost and stolen permits

A Stanford parking permit is worth hundreds of dollars a year and is costly to replace, so you will want to safeguard it as carefully as you would any other valuable. Always keep your car locked and windows rolled up.

What to do if permit loss or theft occurs

If you forget your permit...

If you find yourself on campus without your parking permit, pick up a free temporary courtesy permit at Parking & Transportation Services. Just bring your ID with you.

For your use only

Your parking permit remains the property of Stanford University. Selling or transferring your permit to someone else is a violation of the university’s policy that could result in disciplinary action.


Anyone found to be in violation of the Commute Club and/or parking permit policies set forth by Parking & Transportation Services (P&TS) is subject to revocation of transportation incentives and/or parking privileges. Instances of egregious misconduct may result in further administrative, disciplinary, and/or legal action, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion.