Introducing Virtual Parking Permits


Brian Delgado

Lot 5 (left) and Parking Structure C (right) from the third floor of Parking Structure E.

Rosio Flores, Staff Reporter

A new virtual parking permit system is being introduced to Cal State LA in Spring 2020 in hopes of enhancing the current mail order version. 

Launched by Parking Services as part of a new parking management service, the permit allows the license plate number of the car to be used in place of physical permits.

The system applies a License Plate Recognition (LPR) software to create and verify the permits. All one has to do is register the vehicle information and the LPR software will be able to distinguish the resident, student, faculty and staff permits.

Parkers who drive more than one car to campus will be able to interchange the license plate temporarily on the permit by accessing their Parking and Transportation account which can be located on the student portal, MyCalStateLA.

The appeal for this new system is the reduction of waste and the hassle-free process that this new virtual process is expected to have in comparison to the existing one.

According to a tweet reply from the Parking and Transportation Services, the prices for the permits are set to remain the same.

The virtual permits can be purchased at pay stations on campus, the PayByPhone app, through your MyCalStateLA account or through