Student Permits

UNM Parking & Transportation Services (PATS) makes every effort to offer the most convenient parking available by diving parking by groups of students based on their academic program. Permits may be purchased online at your My Parking Account website or in our Business office. All outstanding citations must be paid in full in order to purchase a new parking permit. Park at your own risk! Read the full parking liability waiver.

UNM Students are expected to read, understand, and follow our published Parking & Transportation Regulations.

What do I need to Buy?

To purchase a parking permit for UNM you will need:

  • LoboCard or Driver's License, if purchasing in person
  • UNM NetID & Password, if purchasing online
  • Vehicle information including license plate, registration state, year, make, model, color, style, and VIN
    • For your convenience, bring your vehicle registration
  • Form of payment
    • Cash*
    • Debit/Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or AmericanExpress)
    • UNM Bursar's Transfer**

*Cash payments are only accepted when purchasing a parking permit at our Business office.

**UNM Bursar's Transfer available both in person and online. Send an email to if you would like to utilize Bursar's Transfer before purchasing your parking permit online.

Depending on availability and eligibility requirements, student parking permits may be purchased online with a debit/credit card or with Bursar's Transfer, and in our office with debit/credit card, Bursar's Transfer, or cash. Permits are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and sell out quickly. Please be aware that many parking lots have waitlists. Some spaces become available after the start of the semester.

Parking Rates for Academic Year 2024-25 as of July 1, 2024.

Permit TypeZoneRateEligibility Requirement


R-Lot$378Residence Life & Student Housing or Casas del Rio resident
GR-LotGreek Life resident
INS-LotLoboRainforst/InnovateABQ resident
S (Lomas)$576Resident Life & Student Housing or Casas del Rio resident
Y (Yale)
ProximityG-Lot$276North Campus graduate student
L-LotLaw Student
Q-LotNorth Campus graduate/undergrad student
StructureY (Yale)$552None
South Lot


Alternative Permits
Motocycle$90 or Free*


$48 or Free*
  • GR-Lot, T-Lot, & Y (Yale) permits are available once R-Lot & S (Lomas) permits sell out.
  • UNM students may receive one (1) free motorcycle, moped, or scooter permit with purchase of a vehicle parking permit.
    • Campus Residents are not eligible for a free motorcycle, moped, or scooter parking permit.
  • Summer parking permits must be purchased in person at our Business office.
  • Important to Note: Any unauthorized use or transfer of this permit will subject the owner and user to the most severe financial penalities and referral to the Dean of Students for Code of Conduct review.

Waitlists become available once permits sell out for a particular zone, lot, or structure. You may add yourself to a waitlist for a permit you are eligible to purchase through My Parking Account or with the help of a PATS Customer Service Rep at our Business office.

Once a permit becomes available from the waitlist you have signed up for you will receive an email notification to your UNM email address with instructions to purchase the available permit. You will have five (5) business days to accept the permit offer, after this time the permit will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.


  • When the permit that you desire is sold out, you may elect to sign up on a waitlist for the opportunity to purchase when space becomes available. If you purchase an alternative permit while you wait for the waitlisted permit to be released, your permit may be exchaged for a $10 exchange fee plus the permit cost difference.
  • Periodic lot counts are done to assess the utilization of the parking lot. When deemed possible, additional permits are offered to those on a waitlist.
  • To submit a wailist request, login to your parking account and select the waitlist option. Once submitted you will be able to see (when logged onto our website) where you are on the waitlist.
  • Waitlist award recipients will receive an email from Parking Services when their name has been released from the waitlist along with instructions on how to purchase the permit. If you no longer want the permit you were awarded, disregard the email.
  • For students, waitlists are purged every March 31 in preparation for selling permits for the next academic year. If you missed the opportunity to purchase your desired lot the previous year, try to purchase on the first day of permit sales.


  • Lost or stolen permits must be reported to PATS immediately.
  • If you leave campus housing or are no longer a student at UNM before the end of the academic year, permits must be returned.
  • The deadline for returns on alll student permits is March 31.
  • Refunds will be based on the next month's prorated purchase price
  • Visit Permit Return & Reimbursement for more information and process.