Parking Permit Questions and Answers

Any commuting or resident student choosing to park a vehicle on the Allendale or Grand Rapids Campuses, Monday through Thursday, 3:00 am - 6:30 pm  and Fridays, 3:00 am - 5:00 pm must register for a permit or utilize the pay-to-park areas.

All questions about billing and charges should be directed to Student Accounts at (616) 331-2209.

No, parking permits are not required at the Holland, Muskegon or Traverse City campuses. 

During the spring and summer semesters, parking permits are required in Student Commuter spaces on the Health Campus and the Seward Ramp/Flat lot, Pew Residential spaces, and Faculty/Staff spaces on all campuses.  You are able to register for your permit online at the parking portal. Payment is also required in pay-to-park areas year-round.

Your license plate is your permit.  If you drive a different vehicle than the vehicle associated with your permit, you must visit Your Permits on the Parking Portal and assign to your permit the vehicle you are driving and parking on campus.  

No, if you purchase a student permit in the fall, you will not need to re-register for the winter semester. If you did not purchase one for fall, you will need to register for the appropriate student permit. Charges on the portal are shown per year, but will be charged per semester. If you register for just the winter permit, you will only be charged for winter. 



You can purchase a permit for one semester only. Permit registration is per semester and is billed to your student account when you register.

Yes, you must notify Parking Services when your housing status changes and we can adjust your permit to match your housing status.  In some cases, there may be an extra associated permit charge.

Your Parking Portal is where all of your parking information (including permits and parking violations) is located. Through your Parking Portal, you are able to register for a permit, pay and appeal parking violations, and add/edit vehicle information.


If your vehicle has a temporary license plate, you will enter the last 8 digits of the VIN number (located on the driver's side dash by the windshield). Upon receiving the permanent license plate, you can edit your plate number in your account. 

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Page last modified June 4, 2021