The process to purchase a department permit has changed. Please review the instructions or send your questions to

Daily Permits for Departments

OSU departments can use an index to purchase daily permits for department guests or service permits for contractors. Departments may not purchase permits for OSU employees.

Guest Permits

Hosting a guest speaker? Holding an event? Consider sending an email to your guests inviting them claim a virtual parking permit. You can choose to pay via index or ask your guests to pay for the permit through the invitation.

Permits for Contractors

Contractors should purchase an A, B, or C zone permit to park in a commuter space unless the nature of their work requires the use of their vehicle and close access to the building.  If the vehicle is needed at the job site or near a building, you will need to buy a Service Permit.

Space Out of Service

If you are planning an event or project that will temporarily remove parking spaces from the inventory you will need to "Request a Space Out of Service" with Transportation Services and pay the fee. Departments can use an index to pay space-out-of-service fees.

*OSU Affiliates must log in to purchase a permit with an index. You will not be logged in automatically. First time? Detailed instructions below.

Annual Permits for Departments

Permits purchased via index are not to be used for personally-owned vehicles per university policy. Permits may be assigned to university vehicles only.

A, B, or C Zone Permits

Annual commuter A, B, or C zone permits can be purchased with an index for university vehicles. Vehicle ownership will be verified before the permit becomes active. Permits are subject to availability. Annual permits are not available for personal vehicles. 

Annual Service and Utility Cart Permits

The Annual Service Permit is for OSU departments needing to park university vehicles in multiple zones or services spaces across campus. University-owned utility carts are required to display an utility cart permit while parked in a campus parking space.

Department 3-Hour Permits

When a university vehicle is not available, this permit allows OSU employees to park a personal vehicle outside of their zone or in Service spaces for up to three (3) hours. The Department 3-hour permits may be displayed on a personal vehicle, in conjunction with a valid annual, monthly or daily permit. Learn more about Department 3-hour permits.

How to Input a University Vehicle License Plate

How to Purchase Permits with an Index

First time users and new employees will need to submit a request for access. Student employees may be granted access with written permission from their supervisor. 

Request Access to your Department Account

The following documents are step-by-step guides for department permit purchases. Please download for detailed help navigating the online process. You are welcome to send your additional questions to OSU affiliates will need to log in twice to purchase a permit with an index: first to their personal account and then using the OSU Department Login. You must complete the department login to make department purchases.

How to Log in to Purchase Permits

Learn how to send an email invitation to your guests or contractors/vendors to claim a virtual parking permit.

How to Send a Guest Permit Invitation

Learn how to purchase permits for university vehicles.

How to Purchase Permits for University Vehicles