Welcome to Parking and Transit Services
To all visitors, alumni, students, faculty and staff, we are pleased to have you on our campus! Parking and Transit Services is an auxiliary service. An Administration that supports the university’s vision, strategies and goals by providing customer service with professionalism, accountability and integrity.
The department is responsible for overseeing multiple aspects of traffic and parking for USM campuses, including control, enforcement, and coordinated maintenance of parking areas. The department seeks out partnerships to provide various forms of transportation services. Other responsibilities include the main entrance information booth, metered and pay by app parking, and vehicle identification.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FALL PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PULL INTO A SPACE -NOSE FIRST-TO PREVENT CITATIONS!!!!!
**If you are a student or faculty/staff, please log in to the parking portal below "Online Permit Registration Portal" using your SOAR credentials. DO NOT create a guest account if your login fails! Contact the parking office for assistance.
***If you experience any issues purchasing a virtual permit or paying a citation, please email parkingFREEMississippi and be sure to include your ID number and description of the issue.
Previous permits expire July 31, 2023. For new or returning faculty and staff, new permits (if your permit is expired) are available to be purchased. For students enrolled in the Fall 2023 semester, you should now be able to purchase a fall academic or semester permit.
You must have a current, valid permit and registered license plate to park on university
property! The online permit registration is open to purchase a permit and register
If you are on campus, please park in designated zones based on your classification (faculty/staff, resident, commuter, fraternity, sorority, etc.) and register your vehicle(s) as soon as possible to avoid fines and having your vehicle booted or towed!
DO NOT PARK IN HANDICAP OR RESERVED SPACES UNLESS YOU HAVE VALID PERMISSION/REGISTRATION (IN YOUR NAME) TO DO SO ($200 citation plus $100 if towed!)
Email parkingFREEMississippi if you have any questions.
- Purchase a permit and register your vehicle's license plate.
- For Visible License Plates - Park your vehicle in a space, nose first - do not back in or pull through a space.
- Review the parking zone map and park in your zone.
- Pay attention to parking signs and restrictions (ie. Reserved Parking, Service Zones, Visitor Parking, Fire Lanes, etc...).
- Do not ignore citations! Contact the Parking & Transit Services team if you have any questions about a citation you received.
Parking Updates and Reminders
- 2023-2024 parking rules and regulations are in effect beginning August 1, 2023. ALL lots with zone restrictions (i.e. Commuter, Residential, Village and Fraternity) will be enforced for valid parking permits. Do not ignore citations or warning cards!
- The Thad Cochran Center parking lot has designated Faculty/Staff spaces next to Chain Technology building and other spaces for Open Zone (excluding individual numbered reserved spaces). The entire lot may be reserved for special events at any given time, and advanced notice will be given when possible.
- Metered parking and Pay to Park is active for short-term parking. The meter or mobile fee must be paid or you will be issued a citation for expired meter.
- Verify that your handicap accommodations are registered with your permit and visibly displayed if you utilize handicap parking spaces.
- Parking in reserved spaces or on the University grounds without proper permissions is prohibited and will result in your vehicle being booted or towed.
Did you Know? Multiple Vehicles
You can have up to four vehicles listed on your virtual permit (only one at a time can be parked on campus). If you find yourself needing to drive a different vehicle, log in to the parking portal and add that vehicle's make/model/license plate to your PERMIT (you must add to your PERMIT in order for the vehicle to link to your permit) and you are good to go!
If you get a new vehicle and do not have a license plate yet, add the last eight digits of the VIN as your plate number to your permit. BUT remember to go back and add your vehicle with license plate when you get it! We do not run the VIN once the vehicle has a license plate!