What is License Plate Recognition?

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

When a vehicle parks on campus, the license plate is captured by cameras mounted on parking patrol vehicles. LPR works similarly to a supermarket scanner with your license plate functioning as the barcode. When read, the numbers of your plate are automatically referenced against the parking database to verify a valid permit and the proper parking privileges for the lot location. If the license plate and vehicle information are not associated with a valid virtual permit or the vehicle is parked in an inappropriate lot (Faculty/Staff vs. General), then the vehicle will be subject to a citation.

Individuals will register their vehicle plate information into the online parking system when purchasing their virtual permits. The LPR software then combines this information with the individual’s payment (payroll deduction for faculty/staff) and generates a virtual permit linked to that vehicle’s license plate number.

How does LPR benefit me?

  • Eliminates the need to display physical permits and the need to move permits from vehicle to vehicle. 
  • No more forgetting your permit and having to return to your vehicle to display a permit. 
  • No worries about lost or stolen permits because your license plate is your permit. 
  • Eliminating permits falling from a rearview mirror or being displayed improperly. 
  • No standing in line to pick up a permit


Virtual Permits

License Plates

Multiple Vehicles/Temporary Vehicles