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License Plate Recognition


Transportation Services is in the process of moving to Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR or LPR). Over the next 2 years, we will be working towards having your license plate be your "permit". At this time, you are still required to display a valid parking permit.

What is LPR?

Automated License Plate Recognition is a virtual permit system that allows you to use your license plate as your parking "permit". No more worrying about properly displaying your parking permit, or transferring your permit between vehicles. With LPR, your plate is your "permit"!

How will LPR benefit me?

LPR will streamline the annual permit renewal process and provide the following benefits.

  • No extra trips to pick up your permit, no concerns with lost/stolen mail, no waiting in line, and no extended processing time.
  • No permit to lose, forget, or move from vehicle to vehicle.
  • No $25 replacement fee if a permit is lost.
  • Account updates are user driven and less susceptible to data entry error.


    LPR Implementation Schedule

    LPR Implementation Schedule


    How does it work?

    LPR is a system of cameras and accompanying software, which will be placed in Transportation Services vehicles to scan license plates. When a scanned license plate number is not associated with a valid "permit" or is not being used correctly, enforcement is prompted to investigate further and potentially issue a citation.

    What information will be collected and how will it be used?

    LPR scans of vehicles will record the following:

    • License plate image captured
    • License plate number
    • License plate state
    • Date
    • Time
    • Location

    Information gathered or collected and records retained will not be:

    • Sold, published, exchanged, or disclosed for commercial purposes.
    • Disclosed or published without authorization.
    • Disseminated to persons not authorized to access or use the information.

    License plates in the LPR system will be stored for no longer than 60 days, unless it is involved in a citation, open appeal case, or law enforcement ongoing investigation or to be used as evidence by a law enforcement agency. Data stored for longer will be anonymized, aggregated and used for various analytics.

    What will be different when LPR is fully implemented?

    Once LPR is fully implemented, a valid UCR parking "permit" will still be required to park on campus, and permit holders will still be assigned to specific locations to park. However, rather than displaying a physical permit, a virtual "permit" will be associated with license plate(s) on the customer's account.

    An important change to our system is the need for permit holders to keep accounts, particularly license plates numbers, accurate and up to date.

    • Multiple Vehicles - You may have a maximum of three vehicles linked to your current parking "permit". However, only one vehicle associated with your "permit" may be parked on campus at a time to avoid receiving a citation. The LPR technology will recognize the first vehicle as having a valid "permit", but any additional vehicles under the same "permit" will be subject to citation.
    • Enforcement and Parking - The license plate is associated with the virtual "permit" and anyone who parks on campus must have a valid UCR parking "permit" and link their vehicle(s) to their "permit" through their UCR Parking Portal account. The purchaser is responsible for the accuracy of the license plate and vehicle information in the parking portal. Citations will be issued to the vehicle owner if inaccurate license plate information is self-reported in the parking portal or parking enforcement staff are unable to scan a license plate when the vehicle is parked. License plates must face the drive lane to be scanned for compliance. Vehicles from states that don't require a front license plate must be parked allowing the rear plate to be scanned from the drive aisle (don't back in).
    • Temporary Plates - If you have a new vehicle with a temporary, paper license plate, you must register your vehicle online using the last 8 characters of the VIN as the license plate and by entering the full VIN in the VIN field. Please note that VINs do not contain the letters O, I and Q so that they are not confused with the numbers 0, 1 and 9. You must link the vehicle to your "permit" to avoid receiving a citation. Once a permanent plate have been obtained, it must be added to the "permit" online.
    • Rental Vehicles - As is the case with any other vehicle, rental vehicles need to be registered online and linked to an individual's "permit". When the rental vehicle has been returned and is no longer in use, the information for the rental should be removed from both the "permit" and the parking profile as it may be rented and parked on campus by a different driver in the future.
    • Dispenser Parking - Dispenser Parking requires entry of the vehicle license plate and, in some locations, the space number. The new dispensers acquired in 2019 interface with the LPR software.

    Directions to Link your Vehicle(s) to your Parking Permit

    To prepare for this new process, you will need to register your vehicles and associate them with your current "permit". It is your responsibility to keep your vehicles registered and up-to-date in your parking account. The steps to add a vehicle to your permit are below. Please see 'Adding a Vehicle to Your Permit' for detailed instructions.

    1. To add/update vehicles associated with your "permit", access your parking account  and login using your NetID.
    2. Click the 'View Your Permits' link and then click on your 'Active' "permit".
    3. Review the list of 'Associated Vehicles' for your "permit" and verify the listed vehicles are those you want associated with your "permit".
    4. To add additional vehicles to your "permit", click the 'Add Vehicles to Permit' button at the bottom of the page.
      License Plate Entry Hints:
      • Passenger vehicles do not use the letters I, O and Q in the second or fourth position (for California).
      • Commercial vehicles do not use the letters I, O and Q (for California).
      • If you have a personalized plate with less than seven characters, or if you have a special character within your plate (heart, star, etc.), you will skip the special character and enter in the rest of the characters remaining on the plate.
      • Do not enter any spaces in the license plate even if there are spaces.
      • If you have a new vehicle with a temporary, paper license plate, use the last 8 characters of the VIN as the license plate and enter the full VIN in the VIN field. Please note that VINs do not contain the letters O, I and Q so that they are not confused with the numbers 0, 1 and 9.
    5. To delete vehicles from you permit, click the 'Delete' button next to the license plate. The 'Delete' button will only be visible if 2 or more vehicles are associated with the "permit". If only 1 vehicle is displayed and you want to delete it, you must first add a new vehicle and then delete the other vehicle.