Student permits are valid in Student lots only from 6:00a.m. to 1:00a.m. Student permits are valid in 1 (all levels) except SP areas and 2A after 3:30 p.m. and on weekends. Student permits are sold online or at Parking Services for those who cannot purchase online. Weekly and monthly permits are also available online. Fall, spring and summer permits have the dates of validity printed on them.
Students living on campus are required to purchase a day & overnight permit (N Permit). You may purchase an overnight permit online or from a pay permit machine in 3, 7, 12 and the CSL pay stations. Overnight parking is restricted to specified lots; read signs carefully. A separate overnight only permit is available should students need a temporary overnight only permit. These permits can be purchased online.

There are three different F/S permits available: 10-month payroll deductible permits (Valid for only ten months out of the year: August 15 - June 15), Twelve-month payroll deductible permits, and Semester permits. Payroll deduction permits must be obtained in person at Parking & Transportation Services.  Daily, Weekly, Monthly & Semester permits may be obtain online.  F/S permits are valid only in F/S and Student lots.

Faculty members who have officially retired with "Emeritus" status may obtain a free yearly permit at Parking & Transportation Services with a valid emeritus identification card. The emeritus permit is free unless the individual is participating in “FERP” or is continuing employment. Retired staff of 20 years may receive a free parking permit for up to 12 months unless the individual is an annuitant. The employee must obtain an SDSU ID card from the Aztec Card Office with the appropriate status to obtain the permit through Parking & Transportation Services.

Permits are required at all times. A visitor's vehicle displaying a disabled placard, disabled plate, or a temporary H/C placard issued by DMV is required to pay for parking. Students and F/S are required to display a current SDSU permit with their DMV placard or DP plate. If ADA parking is full in the core you may only park in Service/Vendor or SP 900 spaces. You may not park in any other SP space. If there is an event and we are collecting money payment is required.
Visitors must purchase a permit to park at SDSU.  There are a few options for you to choose from.  You may purchase a pay station permit from P3 Level 1, P7 Level 2 or next to P12 on the north/east corner across from the Aztec Recreation Field.  You may use the PayByPhone app in P6B, P8 & P10 (more locations coming this summer).  Finally you may purchase a guest permit for the day in advanced from the Aztec Parking Portal.  See Where can I park?
These permits are valid in Service/Vendor (S/V) areas for one hour at a time and then in F/S, Student areas for the remainder of the day. Short-term and long-term business permits may be purchased at the Parking & Transportation Services with a valid business identification. Once you have establish an account in our parking system you will be able to purchase permits online.
Parking spaces are painted yellow and are designated Service/Vendor (S/V). These permits are valid in S/V only. S/V permits are not valid in F/S or Student areas. S/V permits are only valid for the time and date listed. S/V permits valid over one hour, must be displayed with a current SDSU paid permit.
These permits, purchased at CSU San Marcos, are valid at SDSU if they are current and the vehicle is parked in the correct lot as designated on the permit.  If you have a virtual CSUSM permit please contact to request a permit.

When you purchase a permit online you will be required to register your vehicle.  You may only register your personal vehicle, you may not enter the vehicle of another.


Permit Costs

Semester Permit Rates - A new permit is needed for each semester Fall & Spring

  • Student & Overnight - $271.00
  • Student - $171.00
  • Overnight Only - $100.00
  • Motorcycle - $37.00

Summer Permit Rates

  • Student - $112.00
  • Overnight - $67.00
  • Motorcycle - $24.00

Pay Stations Costs - Starting July 1, 2018

  • 1 - 4 hours $3 per hour         
  • 5 or more hours $15
  • Overnight $20
  • Weekend $30

Pay stations are located at: 3 L1, 7L2, and outside 12 on the north/east corner.

Section 42201 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations, provides for the waiver of campus parking fees for students with disabilities who have been issued a DMV placard or license plate, and who meet low income requirements. For further information regarding eli-gibility, contact the Student Disability Services Office (Calpulli Center, Room 3101).

Other Permit Cost Information

How do I replace a lost or stolen parking permit?

To guard against theft, carefully follow the instructions on the tab of the permit when affixing the decal to your vehicle. Remember to lock your car doors and windows, as permits are a source of theft. If someone steals your permit, contact Parking & Transportation Services immediately at 619-594-6671 to report the crime. Stolen parking permits will be replaced free-of-charge, provided you have filed a police report with University Police, have demonstrated that your permit was properly displayed, and can show physical evidence that it was in fact stolen.

If you lose your permit, you will be required to purchase a new permit.