Faculty/Staff Virtual Permit FAQ

Virtual permit system:

  • 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 SF State users 
  • Your license plate becomes your virtual permit  

The program is intended solely to be used for management of parking facilities.


Emeriti permits:

  • Are still physical permits as of Fall 2021 

Hang Tags:

  • Will continue to be issued for eligible emeriti 
  • They can be picked up at the Parking Office
    • Business hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 5pm
    • Closed for lunch 1 pm to 2 pm

If you are attending events or activities at another CSU campus:

  • Contact the coordinator for that event for more specific visitor parking procedures.

SF State honors other CSU Faculty permits that teach on multiple campuses. Faculty must provide proof of permit prior to parking on campus, by emailing parking@sfsu.edu

To avoid a citation:

  • Ensure your license plate and vehicle information is current and correct 
  • Update your information immediately after any change in license plate number 
  • Delete all old or unused vehicle listings from your account

To update your information:

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.

Staff and faculty members:

  • May register up to five (5) vehicles under the same permit

    • The verification will recognize the first vehicle on campus as valid 
    • Additional vehicles on campus at the same time, under the same permit, will be subject to citation

Unless the second vehicle has a valid daily or short-term parking permit

Individuals may add/remove vehicles to their parking permit at any time including:

  • loaner vehicles 
  • rental cars

It is important that you remove vehicles from your account as soon as your use of the temporary vehicle has ended.


The virtual verification system has difficulty recognizing vehicles listed on multiple virtual permit accounts. 

To avoid being cited in error:

  • only list 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:

Virtual Permits:

  • All permits are non-transferable 
  • They 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 SF State Parking Regulations.