Virtual Permits

Parking permits for the OSU Corvallis campus are virtual! Your license plate is your parking permit.

Verify your Information

We need your help to maintain your account. Log in to your Transportation Services account or contact our office to verify and update your vehicle information.

Log in to Update your Plate

How to Input your License Plate:

  • Verify and update your vehicle information.
  • Double check that your license plate is entered correctly, including any leading letters.
  • Do not provide incorrect information, such as "TEMP," "RENTAL" or "NOPLATE," as these are not valid license plates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual Permits

Virtual permits rely on license plate recognition technology, which is a system of cameras and accompanying software placed in Transportation Services’ vehicles to scan license plates.

Your license plate is your permit instead of plastic hang tags, paper permits or removable decals. Multiple vehicles can be attached to a permit, as long as only one vehicle is parked on campus at a time.

You spoke - we listened. We are adjusting our business operations to meet the current demands of our campus population, provide better customer service, and move towards more sustainable practices. LPR increases parking efficiency on campus, provides convenience for the parking customer and greatly reduces the amount of paper and plastic waste produced.

Benefits:
  • No decal permit to lose, forget, or move between vehicles.
  • A simplified and streamlined renewal process - no extra trips to pick up your permit, no concerns with lost/stolen mail, no waiting in line, and no extended processing time.
  • Reduces waste.
  • Add multiple vehicles to your account. As long as one vehicle is on campus at a time, you don't have to remember to switch a permit between vehicles. 

Individuals will register their vehicle plate information into the online parking system when purchasing their virtual permits. The LPR software then combines this information with the individual’s payment and generates a virtual permit linked to that vehicle’s license plate number.

When a vehicle parks on campus, the license plate is captured by cameras mounted on enforcement vehicles. LPR works similar to a supermarket scanner with your license plate functioning as the barcode. When read, the numbers of your plate are automatically referenced against the parking database to verify a valid permit and the proper parking privileges for the lot location. If the license plate and vehicle information are not associated with a valid virtual permit or the vehicle is parked in the wrong zone, then the vehicle may be subject to a citation.

The license plate information collected in this process will only be referenced against the campus database for the strict purposes of verifying OSU parking permits on the Corvallis campus. The enforcement rules will not change because of this new technology.

Learn more about the Oregon State University policies and standards on parking.

License Plates

Virtual permits rely on license plate recognition technology, which is a system of cameras and accompanying software placed in Transportation Services’ vehicles to scan license plates. Keeping your account information up-to-date ensures your parking permissions are recorded accurately.

Benefits:
  • No decal permit to lose, forget, or move between vehicles.
  • A simplified and streamlined renewal process - no extra trips to pick up your permit, no concerns with lost/stolen mail, no waiting in line, and no extended processing time.
  • Reduces waste.
  • Add multiple vehicles to your account. As long as one vehicle is on campus at a time, you don't have to remember to switch a permit between vehicles.

Failure to update vehicle license plate information may result in a citation. It is also important to delete all old vehicle listings from your account. If your vehicle has an outstanding citation, documentation may be required showing transfer of ownership to remove the vehicle from your account. 

Your information can be viewed and updated via your online parking account. You will be asked to login with your ONID user name and password.

Verify your Vehicle Information

Virtual permit technology can recognize new vehicles without license plates. If you have a new vehicle with a temporary paper license, please type in temporary license plate number when registering your vehicle online.

Do not provide incorrect information, such as "TEMP," "RENTAL" or "NOPLATE," as these are not valid license plates.

Once your DMV-issued license plates have arrived, update your information as soon as possible.

If your existing vehicle has an outstanding citation, you may be required to provide proof of ownership transfer to remove the vehicle from your account.

Update Your Plate

No. Carpool members should list their personal vehicle only on their account. Carpool permits will also be virtual, so make sure all carpool members keep their account information up-to-date.

Update Your Plate

Temporary changes should be submitted if you are driving a vehicle for a short amount of time. This includes rental cars, loaners, or temporary vehicles. The system will remind you when your temporary vehicle is about to expire. 

If you sell a vehicle or will no longer be driving it to campus, please submit a permanent vehicle change request. If your existing vehicle has an outstanding citation, you may be required to provide proof of ownership transfer to remove the vehicle from your account.

Update Your Plate

Multiple Vehicles/Temporary Vehicles

Individuals are allowed to register multiple vehicles under the same virtual permit. The virtual permit technology will recognize the first vehicle on campus as valid, but any additional vehicles found on campus at the same time, under the same virtual permit, will be subject to citation.

Two vehicles listed under the same virtual permit may be on campus at the same time if the second vehicle purchases an additional daily or a monthly parking permit.

Individuals are allowed to add or remove vehicles to their parking permit at any time; this includes loaner vehicles and rental cars. Select "Temporary Change" when updating your vehicle information on your permit. 

It is important that you remove vehicles from your account as soon as your use of the temporary vehicle has ended.

A vehicle can only be registered to one annual permit at a time. 

If your household has more than one vehicle, add the vehicle you drive most often to your permit. If you need to drive your other household vehicle for the day, the primary driver will need to remove the vehicle from their account before you can add it to yours.

Have a question not answered here? Check out our frequently asked questions or contact our office.