License Plate Recognition (LPR)

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is LPR? What is an e-permit?

LPR stands for License Plate Recognition, and is a system that allows Transit and Parking to patrol parking areas much more efficiently. It works by using a moving vehicle to scan license plates on parked vehicles in a lot or a garage, and it has been implemented by various entities in the parking industry around the world. Motorists on campus will have an electronic permit, or e-permit, instead of the traditional decal parking permit. 

Q: With LPR, will I need to follow a different procedure to purchase a permit?

No. You will still be able to purchase a parking permit online, but your permit will be virtual. The e-permit replaces the traditional parking permit.

Q: Will I still need a parking sticker?

No. Once you have purchased your parking permit, your vehicle, with its corresponding license plate, is entered into the system. In short, your plate becomes your e-permit.

Q: How many vehicles can I register to use the e-permit?

A university student or employee can only park one registered vehicle on campus at a time, but they may register more than one vehicle on their account. Students can register two different vehicles with LPR; university employees can register as many as four different vehicles. But again, permit holders can bring only one registered to vehicle to campus at a time.

Q: Why must license plates face the drive lane?

License plates must be visible so that parking enforcement can scan each parking area efficiently. Those who want to back in or pull through must have a plate on the front.  Some states require a front plate, but drivers from a state that does not require this (such as Arkansas) may purchase a front parking tag from Transit and Parking. (This is not applicable to angled parking on campus, as no one is allowed to back in or to pull through angled parking anyway).

Q: How do I secure a front plate for my vehicle?

Transit and Parking will sell parking tags/plates for the front of your vehicle at cost (for about $15), but again, this is not required unless you wish to back in or pull through. The only parking tag that will work with LPR is one secured from Transit and Parking. It may be purchased at the time you register your vehicle(s) and will be mailed to you.

Q: What happens if my license plate does not face the drive lane?

The vehicle will be cited for improper parking.

Q: If I get a citation under the LPR system, how will I know?

As in the past, parking patrol will place an envelope on your vehicle that contains a parking citation.

Q: What if I temporarily borrow a vehicle or rent a vehicle to drive to campus? 

You can register a rental vehicle or borrowed vehicle with Transit and Parking online, but you will still need to abide by the rule of only bringing one registered vehicle to campus at a time. You will also need to deactivate the vehicle when you are no longer bringing it to campus.

Q: What about motorcycles or scooters?  Will LPR apply to them?

Yes. Motorcycle license plates will scan just the same as the plates on other vehicles. Scooters will receive a scooter parking tag when a scooter permit is secured, and this should be displayed on the scooter. This will be good from year-to-year, so a new scooter tag will not be needed each year. This tag should also be transferred if to any new scooter that is purchased.