Frequently Asked Parking Questions

What are the steps to pre-register for my parking permit online?

  1. Select the permit type you wish to purchase and select your payment method (MSUM only).
  2. Fill in the contact and vehicle information. Some fields are mandatory, including but not limited to: name, address, ID number, primary phone number, license plate number, make and model. Please have this information ready before you begin.
    • Please do not use spaces or dashes when entering your license plate number.
      • Correct: 123ABC
      • Incorrect: 123 ABC; 123-ABC
    • If you do not have your license plate number (new vehicles) please enter NOPLATE in the license plate number field.
  3. Review information and modify if necessary.
  4. Your pre-registration is now complete

Pre-registration does not guarantee you a permit and your registration is not complete until payment is received. Several permits have limited availability and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registrations older than 60 days are subject for removal from the database.

Why are the General Lots oversold?
General permits may park in lots indicated from the east to west end of campus. Because of the coming and going of students with various class schedules and the expansion and development of new lots in the summer of 1998 and 2012, we have alleviated many of the parking problems which we previously had before.

Why did I get a ticket when my friend/co-worker said I wouldn't?
Do not rely on what a friend/co-worker says or on other people’s examples of parking. It is best to read the regulations and familiarize yourself with your parking areas.

What do I do when I have to run into a building for just a minute?
If you must make a quick trip into a building there are meters available near most building complexes. You may get a guest pass from the Public Safety Office at 1616 9th Ave South. Guest Passes are available 24 hours a day.

What do I do if my vehicle is unable to move?
If your vehicle is disabled, please contact Public Safety Office at 218.477.2675 as soon as you are able. Public Safety offers a free jumpstart service for vehicles on campus.

Where can I park on weekends?
All lots are free parking from Friday at 4:30 p.m. to Monday at 7 a.m. (Exception of Daycare parking spaces in D-1 lot which are monitored until 5:30 p.m.; and F-1 lot which is monitored daily from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.)

Where can I get a Guest Permit?
You may get a guest pass from the Public Safety Office at 1616 9th Ave South. Guest Passes are available 24 hours a day.

Where can I park my motorcycle?
Motorcycle areas are located north of the Maintenance building, north and west of Nelson Hall, and north of the Newman Center. Please check the University Campus Map for exact locations. If parked on Motorcycle pads, motorcycles do not need permits.

I heard that you get one free ticket a year, is this true?
No. In order to have any ticket dismissed it would have to be approved through the appeal process. The appeal site is listed on the back of the ticket under number 4.

Can permits override meters?
The only MSUM issued permits allowed to park in metered areas are the No Zone, Vendor, Special and Retired Permits. Reserved and General permits do not override meters.

Is there any free parking on MSUM campus?
Yes. There is free guest parking in lot F-1 from 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. No overnight parking is allowed and vehicles parked in this lot between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. will be ticketed.