Accessible Parking at UNM for the Mobility Impaired

We are committed to our mission to provide access to the campus for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors.

  • If you have been personally issued and possesses a current and valid ADA or handicapped placard...
  • or if you are transporting an individual who has been personally issued and possesses a current and valid ADA or handicapped placard...

You can park in any designated ADA/Handicapped parking space. If those spaces are full, with the display of the valid placard you may also park in any regular zone parking space or in any pay station space (including our Cornell and Yale parking garages) not further restricted by other signage. There is no charge for this parking. We also accept out-of-state placards.

Temporary Handicapped Placards

We can provide temporary handicapped permits for use on the university campus for up to 6 weeks. To obtain one of these permits please follow the instructions below.

  • Students: You may visit the UNM Student Health & Counseling for evaluation. With the written request from the Student Health & Counseling, we will issue a permit for the duration specified up to a maximum of 6 weeks at no charge. You will need to present us with official picture identification. If you require handicapped parking for longer than 6 weeks, it is recommended you obtain a temporary permit through the State of New Mexico.
  • Staff/Faculty: You may visit Employee Occupational Health Services for evaluation. With the written request from Employee Occupational Health Services we will issue a permit for the duration specified up to a maximum of 6 weeks at no charge. You will need to present us with official picture identification. If you require handicapped parking for longer than 6 weeks, it is recommended you obtain a temporary permit through the State of New Mexico.

Discouraging Abuse of ADA/Handicapped Parking

We have an on-going initiative called the Accessible Parking Initiative which is designed to safeguard the availability of accessible - also known as handicapped - parking spaces for legitimate users. During random events, parking enforcement officers will be focusing on enforcing the governing State of New Mexico and University regulations related to the appropriate use of these spaces on campus. During the random accessible parking compliance events, Parking & Transportation Services parking enforcement officers will ensure handicapped permits are properly displayed, which includes visible display of the handicapped permit number and expiration date from the front of the vehicle. If the handicapped permit was issued recently, then the permit holder picture must also be clearly visible from the front of the vehicle. Enforcement officers will also ask for documentation verifying ownership of handicapped placards. This initiative is designed to safeguard access to designated ADA handicapped parking spaces.

ADA/Handicapped Parking Enforcement Authority

UNM Parking and Transportation Services Enforcement Division operates pursuant by the authority granted in §29-5-1.1 NMSA 1978.  It has the authority to enforce ADA/Handicapped parking areas pursuant to § 66-7-352.1 through 66-7-352.6 NMSA 1978, and 66-7-352.16 NMSA 1978.  As a state agency, UNM Parking and Transportation Services has the authority and ability to access state motor vehicle records to ascertain responsible parties associated with all handicapped placards displayed in any vehicle on UNM property.