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Virtual Parking Permit FAQ

Virtual Permits

  1. What are Virtual Permits and how do they work?
  2. How do I obtain a Virtual Permit?
  3. How will I receive my permit?
  4. Can I still add more than one car to my account?
  5. If I register more than one vehicle, does that mean I can park all of them on campus?
  6. Can another person use my virtual permit?
  7. How will virtual permits be enforced by Parking Services?
  8. Will the parking lot designations change?
  9. What if I get a new license plate or new vehicle?
  10. What if I have a loaner vehicle, rental car, or temporary plate?
  11. What is the environmental impact/sustainability?
  12. How will motorcycle permits be handled?
  13. What is LPR?
  14. What are the benefits?

What are Virtual Permits and how do they work?

Virtual permits replace the need to display a physical hangtag while parking on campus. Your license plate will now serve as your permit. License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology will scan your plate to verify you have parking privileges for that lot.

How do I obtain a Virtual Permit?

Students can purchase a virtual permit online at www.nvcc.edu/parking or in person at any Campus Parking Services office. Virtual permits will be valid immediately after purchase.

Faculty/Staff and P-14s must order their permit online at www.nvcc.edu/parking. Physical permits will be mailed to the address provided and a temporary pass can be printed at the end of the transaction. Virtual permits will be valid immediately after purchase.

Contractors should coordinate with their College contact to obtain a virtual permit.

How will I receive my permit?

Parking permits will now be virtual so you will not be provided a physical hangtag. Instead, your license plate is your permit. Once you a have purchased a permit online or in person and registered your license plate, you immediately have privileges.

Can I still add more than one car to my account?

You can register up to three (3) vehicles to your virtual permit and update license plate information online. For each vehicle you add, please make sure the vehicle information is linked to your parking permit. Only one vehicle can be on ANY campus at a time associated with the permit. If you have any questions about linking vehicles to your permit, please contact parking@nvcc.edu.

If I register more than one vehicle, does that mean I can park all of them on campus?

No, you can only park one vehicle at a time at the College with your virtual permit. If more than one vehicle attached to the permit is on ANY campus across the College at the same time, a citation will be issued.

Can another person use my virtual permit?

All virtual permits are non-transferrable and can only be used by the account holder.

How will virtual permits be enforced by Parking Services?

Parking Services will use License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology to assist in enforcement. When a vehicle is on campus, the license plate is scanned by cameras attached to Parking Services vehicles. Your plate information is automatically checked in the database to see if a valid permit is linked to the vehicle for the lot in which it is parked. If the license plate does not have a valid permit attached, or is parked in an unauthorized location, the vehicle may be issued a citation.

(Note: License plates must face the drive lane to be scanned for compliance. Vehicles from states that don't require a front license plate must be parked allowing the rear plate to be scanned from the drive aisle - don't back in.)

Will the parking lot designations change?

Currently, there is no plan to make any changes to lots to implement the virtual permit process.

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

All vehicle information associated with your permit must be updated prior to parking the vehicle on campus. To add or remove a vehicle to your permit, you can log in to your parking account online and update the information. If you need any assistance with this process, please see a Campus Parking Services Office or email parking@nvcc.edu.

(Note: If you purchased a new vehicle but transferred the license plate from your previous vehicle, please contact parking@nvcc.edu to update your information.)

What if I have a loaner vehicle, rental car, or temporary plate?

Individuals can add and remove vehicles to their parking permit online. If you are using a new vehicle temporarily, please ensure the vehicle is linked to the permit through your parking account by visiting www.nvcc.edu/parking.

(Note: When a rental vehicle has been returned and is no longer in use, the information for the rental should be removed from both the permit and the parking profile as it may be rented and parked on campus by a different driver in the future. To have the vehicle removed, please contact parking@nvcc.edu)

What is the environmental impact/sustainability?

• Reduces waste
• Eliminates plastic production
• Eliminates paper envelopes
• Eliminates disposal of expired or unused plastic hangtags
• Eliminates delivery (emissions, fossil fuels, road wear and tear, etc.)

How will motorcycle permits be handled?

Currently, there is no plan to change the current motorcycle process. Motorcycles will be allowed to park on campus without a permit or hourly payment.

LPR

What is LPR?

License Plate Recognition (LPR) is an advanced parking technology that provides virtual permits through a vehicle’s license plate instead of paper permits or plastic hangtags. LPR increases parking efficiency on campus, provides convenience for the parking customer and greatly reduces the amount of paper and plastic waste produced.

What are the benefits?

• No need to worry about forgetting to display a physical hangtag or falling off the rearview mirror
• Eliminates the need to move the physical hangtag between vehicles
• No replacement fee for lost or stolen permits
• Enables the ability to purchase a permit online and not wait for it to arrive in the mail
• Reduces paper, envelopes, ink, and plastic used for permit sales
• No need to worry about printing temporary/paper permits or their expiration
• Your virtual permit is valid immediately no matter when or how you purchased it

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