Motor Vehicle Registration and Regulations

Parking registration and information is available on the Parking page.

Registration of Motor Vehicles

All students wishing to use parking facilities at Penn State Altoona must register their vehicle with the University Police Office, and while parked on campus, display an authorized parking permit on the vehicle. Proof of ownership, (owner/registration card or temporary registration form), driver’s license and PSU student ID must be presented at the time of registration. Registering your vehicle must be done before the end of the first five days of classes of each semester or summer session. During those five days, students must park only in one of the six designated lots for student parking. Residence hall students living in Cedar, Spruce and Maple Halls must park in the Rider Lots. Students living in Oak Hall must park in the Larch Lot. Students commuting to campus must park in one of the four commuter student parking lots: the Hawthorn Lot, the Ivy Lot, the Juniata Gap Lot, and the Science Lot.

Students living at Nittany Pointe, Pennview Suites, or Wehnwood Court are not permitted to park in any campus lot 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, unless each semester they purchase a “Special Commuter Permit” (available in limited amounts) or park at one of the designated meter spaces available in the Ivy, Hawthorn or Juniata Gap Lots. Students living at these locations, who would like to park on campus after 5 p.m., must purchase a restricted commuter-parking permit or park at one of the designated meter spaces.

Upon registering a vehicle, a student will receive a copy of the Student Parking Rules and Regulations, which should be read carefully to avoid receiving a parking ticket. They will also be required to sign a form acknowledging they understand the parking regulations. Any questions regarding the parking regulations may be directed to the University Police office. Vehicles not registered by the fifth day of classes are in violation and subject to a $50 penalty. Registration for a parking permit may be completed on-line.

The color-coded, non-transferable parking permit must be affixed immediately to the vehicle for which it is registered. The permit must be placed on the outside of the rear window, lower right corner, on the passenger side. The window must be clean and dry for the permit to adhere properly. State law requires that the top of the permit cannot be higher than 3 1/2 inches from the bottom of the window. Do not place the new permit on top of an existing permit; remove the old permit first.


Student parking is permitted in the student areas only. Should a student have a need to drive a vehicle other than the one registered with University Police, the following must be done:

Proceed to the University Police office in the Poplar Building to obtain a replacement permit. The student will either be issued a temporary hanging permit for a limited period, not to exceed one week, or an additional permit if the vehicle will be used for an extended period. The vehicle registration must be presented at the University Police office to be issued a temporary permit. Under no circumstances are students permitted to park in visitor parking spaces located in the Ivy and Misciagana Lots. Students are not permitted to park in staff parking lots at any time.

Metered Parking

Parking meters are available in the upper level of the Ivy Lot, Hawthorn Lot, Juniata Gap Lot, and Juniata Gap Lot Extension for students who do not have a parking permit but may need to park on campus for a short period of time. There are parking meters with limits of either one hour or up to twelve hours maximum within any 24-hour period. The cost is at $1.00 per hour (accepts U.S. nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins). Parking meters are not intended for use by students who park frequently on campus and possess a current student parking permit. The lack of an available parking meter will not be an acceptable reason to park on campus without displaying a student parking permit.

Parking Violations and Penalties

It is the responsibility of all students to know the parking regulations. Complete Rules and Regulations are available at the University Police office and online.

Please see the Student Parking Rules and Regulations available at University Police for a complete listing of the parking violations and fine amounts.

All parking violations are to be paid within 30 calendar days of the date of the violation. Payments may be made online at or may be paid at the Bursar’s Office, W111 Smith Building. Make checks or money orders payable to Penn State. There is a $25.00 charge for all returned checks. Please enclose a copy of the ticket or the license plate number to ensure proper credit to your account. DO NOT SEND CASH.

Disputes must be submitted online within seven business days of the date of the violation. Disputes are not accepted on any outstanding parking violations for a student once a vehicle is immobilized or towed.

The Parking Appeals Committee will review the appeal and render a decision. The appellant will be notified by email of the committee’s decision. APPEAL COMMITTEE DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

Visitors, Guests, Contractors, etc.: Family members/guests or students from a Penn State campus are not considered visitors and may not park in the visitor sections. During weekdays, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., students and their family members/guests, who do not possess a current parking permit, must come to the University Police office to get a temporary parking permit to park in the designated student lot. Family members/guests of students residing in Cedar, Maple or Spruce Halls must park long term in the Rider Lot and family members/guests of students living in Oak Hall must park long term in the Larch Lot.

More than one parking ticket may be written for the same continuing offense if the vehicle remains parked in violation for four hours or more.

Penn State Parking Tickets (violations) may be disputed by filing an online appeal to the Penn State Altoona Appeals Committee. In the event of a PA State Traffic Citation, persons wishing to appeal the traffic citation should contact the Magisterial District Judge listed on the citation.

Towing/Vehicle Immobilization

Any student who received six or more parking violations in any semester or summer session will have their vehicle immobilized (booted). The fee to have the immobilizer (boot) removed is $25.00, plus any outstanding monies owed to the Student Government Association for unpaid parking violations. Operators must pay unpaid parking violations and boot fee within 48 hours. Failure to do so will result in the vehicle being towed away at the owner’s expense.

Subsequent violations in the same semester will result in the vehicle being towed away at the owner’s expense and the revocation of parking privileges.

Appeals are not accepted on any outstanding parking violations for a student once a vehicle is immobilized or towed.

Students receiving multiple violations in any semester or summer session may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for further disciplinary action and/or possible loss of parking privileges. If the vehicle is on campus after the student’s parking privileges have been revoked, the vehicle will be towed away at the owner’s expense.

Questions, problems, or assistance concerning parking and traffic should be directed to the University Police office, by the student personally, to avoid any misunderstanding about the rules and regulations for vehicles. Students are also referred to the section on Automobiles of Students in Student Guide to University Policies and Rules and the Penn State Altoona Parking Rules and Regulations.

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