Beginning with 2021-2022 Tampa Parking Permit sales in July, parking permits will be virtual. You will no longer be provided with a physical permit and instead your license plate will become your parking permit. With that in mind, USF Tampa campus will now require all vehicles to be parked with their plate facing out. Additionally, you will need to confirm that your license plate and vehicle information is up-to-date on the parking portal to avoid receiving a citation.
USF Tampa campus is embracing the trend of utilizing Virtual Permits in our parking operations. Virtual permits have numerous benefits including efficiency, sustainability, and cost. For example, our valued customers will immediately have access to park on campus upon purchasing online compared to waiting for a physical permit to arrive in the mail. It is also a more sustainable process as permits don’t need to be printed and then mailed. Finally, PATS can more efficiently check lots and garages for violations, which will help to ensure only valid permit holders are parking on campus freeing up more spaces for you.
Ensure your vehicle information is up-to-date when you buy your permit as PATS will utilize License Plate Recognition (LPR) for enforcement in our facilities. This is why USF Tampa campus will require all vehicles to “Park Plate Out.” Enforcement officers will be able to see whether the vehicle associated with your license plate is authorized to park on campus. If you haven’t purchased a permit and you attempt to park on campus, you may receive a citation.
All vehicles parked on the Tampa campus must abide by the “head-in-only” rule to ensure that the license plate is facing the drive lane and can be read by the License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras.
Exception to the rules are as follows:
- Vehicles with ADA requirements
- Vehicles actively charging at an electric fueling station.
- Vehicles displaying an official State-issued front license plate
- Vehicles displaying the Optional Front License Plate issued by PATS.
For those wishing to back in, but who don’t have a front facing plate, you can purchase a vanity plate through PATS. Failure to follow the “Park Plate Out” policy will result in a citation.
2021-2022 Tampa Parking Permits will go on sale in mid-July. These will be the first virtual permits issued. The “Park Plate Out” policy will take effect on August 12 for the Fall Semester, as all active permits will only be virtual on this day.
Starting in Spring 2021, PATS enforcement team has begun placing notices on cars that currently park where their plate isn’t visible. This notice informs you of the upcoming change to our policy where vehicles will be required to “Park Plate Out” and where to find more information. This is part of our communication efforts to inform the USF community of the change. This notice is not an official warning and isn’t placed on your parking account. Warnings and citations will not be issued until the policy takes effect on August 12.
The process to purchase your parking permit has not changed. Simply visit parking.usf.edu, choose your permit type, and check-out. The only difference is that you won’t receive a sticker in the mail. You will receive email confirmation of your purchase and be cleared to park on campus immediately.
Any vehicle that you intend to drive to campus must be listed in your account along with its license plate number, otherwise you will receive a citation. Please ensure your account vehicle information is up-to-date or you may receive a citation. You can register up to three vehicles to your permit, but only one can be on campus at a time.
As is already the case, visitors will either use the permit pay station in the parking lot or the ParkMobile app to purchase their permit. ParkMobile requires you to put in your license plate, which will then register with our License Plate Recognition technology.
Virtual permits will still be required, but the park plate out policy does not apply to disabled parking locations throughout the Tampa campus. Vehicles parked in disabled parking should park as they traditionally do to accommodate the person with a disability.
Vehicles actively charging at one of the electric vehicle charging stations on campus are exempt from the park plate out policy.