FACULTY/STAFF VIRTUAL PERMIT FAQ's

What is virtual permit system?

 A virtual permit system is a system that uses virtual verification to verify parking authorization. With this new parking permit management system, you will no longer have to display a physical parking permit.  It is expected to be easier and more flexible for SFSU users.  Your license plate becomes your virtual permit.  The program is intended solely to be used for management of parking facilities.

As a professor Emeritus, will I have a virtual or a physical permit?

Emeriti permits are still physical permits as of Fall 2019. Hangtags will continue to be issued to eligible emeriti and can be picked up at the Parking Office during normal business hours.

What if I am employed by SFSU and I am visiting another CSU campus?

If you are simply attending events or activities at another CSU campus, please contact the coordinator for that event for more specific visitor parking procedures.

I purchased an employee permit at another CSU, can I use it on the SFSU campus?

SFSU honors all valid CSU Employee hangtag permits from other CSU campuses. Please ensure the hangtag is visibly displayed when parking on campus.

If your campus has virtual permit system, please contact the Parking Office, 415-338-1441, for instructions on how to obtain a daily permit to use on campus.

What if I get a new vehicle or a new license plate?

It is imperative that your license plate and vehicle information is current and correct in order to avoid an unnecessary citation. Please visit your online parking account to update your information immediately after any change in license plate number for your vehicle has occurred. It is also important to delete all old or unused vehicle listings from your account.

What if I do not have a front license plate?

If your vehicle is registered in the State of California, the state requires that two plates be displayed, one in the front and one in the back of the vehicle (California Vehicle Code 5200). If you have a back-facing plate only, please park head-in so that our officers can see your registered license plate. Failure to park head-in will result in a citation.

What if I own more than one vehicle?

Staff and faculty members are allowed to register up to five (5) vehicles under the same permit. The verification will recognize the first vehicle on campus as valid, but any additional vehicles found on campus at the same time, under the same virtual permit, will be subject to citation.

Two vehicles listed under the same virtual permit may be on campus at the same time if the second vehicle has a valid daily or short-term parking permit.

What if I have a loaner vehicle or a rental car?

Individuals are allowed to add/remove vehicles to their parking permit at any time; this includes loaner vehicles and rental cars. It is important that you remove vehicles from your account as soon as your use of the temporary vehicle has ended.

What if two people have both purchased virtual permits, but also share the two vehicles?

The virtual verification system has difficulty recognizing vehicles listed on multiple virtual permit accounts. To avoid being cited in error, we recommend only listing your vehicle on your own virtual permit. If the vehicle has a valid virtual permit, listing the vehicle on another account is not necessary. To register a second vehicle to your virtual permit temporarily, please visit your online parking account.

Can I allow another person to use my virtual permit?

All permits are non-transferable and can only be used by the individual who purchased it. Permit privileges will be revoked for any individuals found sharing virtual permits or in violation of SFSU Parking Regulations.