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Purchase a Parking Permit (Decal)

Every student and employee must register each vehicle they park on any University at Albany campus and comply with parking rules and regulations. Note: Registration fees are non-refundable.

Parking permits (decals) can be used on the Uptown Campus and Downtown Campus. For information on parking at the Health Sciences Campus, please email [email protected].

Buy a Decal Online

Students and employees with fuel efficient vehicles (at least 35 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, per EPA's fuel economy ratings) are eligible for a 20% discount. Please select "fuel efficient" while registering.



Decal Prices


Students may choose to register their vehicle for on-campus parking. The fee is $50 per vehicle.

Student decals are valid for either resident student lots or commuter student lots. Decals are valid from September 1 to August 31 each year and must be renewed annually.

Note: Residential first year students are not eligible for on-campus parking. Read our residential first year student policy for more information.

Military Student Discount

Students who are honorably discharged veterans or active military personnel, including in the National Guard and Reserves, can request a 20% discount ($10) when they register their vehicle.

Veterans will be asked to provide DD Form 214 or a retired Military ID card. Active military personnel will be asked to provide a Military ID card.

Please contact the Office of Veteran and Military Student Services with questions regarding eligibility.


Faculty and staff decals are valid for all faculty/staff and student parking areas with the exception of Freedom Apartments and Empire Commons resident permit areas. Decals must be renewed annually.

University CSEA, PBA, PEF, UUP parking rate 

  • Valid annually through August 31: $25.00

University M/C, RF, UAS (Sodexo) parking rate 

  • September, October, November, December to August 31: $105.60
  • January, February, March to August 31: $94.80
  • April to August 31: $78.60
  • May to August 31: $62.40
  • June and July to August 31: $51.20


Retired Faculty & Staff and University Volunteers

  • Full year (September 1 to August 31): $0.00. Those returning to state service must pay a $25 fee per vehicle. Your status as a retiree is determined by the Office of Human Resource Management.
All Others

National Weather Service employees, UAlbany Innovation Center members, Tech Valley High School, & community orchestra and band members: Please visit our Parking Services Online Payment Center for decal rates.

Vendors & Contractors: Please visit the Vendor & Contractor Parking page for more information.

Visitors: Please visit the Visitors page for more information.

Decal Rules

The following information relates to decals specifically. For additional parking rules, including enforcement information, please review our Policies & Data page.

How to Properly Display a Decal

Decals must be permanently affixed inside the lower passenger side of the vehicle's front windshield to be valid. Your decal is not considered active and valid until properly affixed to your registered vehicle. 

A depiction of proper decal placement inside the lower passenger side of the vehicle's front windshield.

Individuals with multiple vehicles will be issued one hang tag to move between vehicles. Failure to properly hang the tag from your rearview mirror, with the plate number facing forward, will result in a citation. Please remove the hang tag before driving the vehicle. You are only eligible to have one vehicle on campus at any given time.

Failure to affix your decal in the designated area will result in a citation. The decal must also be readable from outside of the vehicle.

DMV Registration

For employees and students, the vehicle must be legally registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in either your name or the name of an immediate family member.

New York State Public Health Law Section 238 defines “immediate family” to include your spouse, parents (including birth parents, adoptive parents, stepparents and parents-in-law), children (including stepchildren and children-in-law), siblings (including siblings-in-law), grandparents and grandchildren. Proof of relationship is required if the last name or address does not match DMV and/or University records. 

For vehicles registered outside of New York State, you must provide a copy of the registration when you purchase your decal. If you make the purchase online, you must provide a copy of your out-of-state registration when you pick up your decal.

One-day Temporary Permits (Driving a Different Vehicle to Campus)

If you need to bring a different vehicle that is not registered for parking at the University, please visit Parking Services weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students and employees with valid decals are eligible for 10 (one business day) temporary passes per registration year as a courtesy. If all 10 business days are used, you can either purchase a daily pass at the pay-and-display machine outside of Parking & Mass Transit Services.

If you have a rental vehicle and the need is longer than 10 days Parking Services will need documentation from the rental vehicle agency indicating approximate length of need. 

Resident Student Lots & Commuter Student Lots

Resident and commuter students with a valid permit are permitted to park in their specifically designated lots or in a shared lot, as noted below.

Resident Student Lots include:

  • Colonial Northwest Resident Student 

  • State Quad Annex Resident 

  • Empire Commons

  • Liberty Terrace

  • Freedom Quad

  • Dutch Quad Resident north of Alumni Drive 

Commuter Student Lots include:

  • Colonial Quad Commuter

  • State Quad Commuter 

  • Indigenous Quad Commuter 

  • Dutch Quad Commuter south of Alumni Drive

Shared Resident & Commuter Lots include:

  • Freedom North

  • Broadview Arena (no overnight parking)

  • ETEC

Parking rules are relaxed outside peak hours:

  • Resident students with a valid permit can also park in any commuter or faculty/staff parking lot — as long as it is not between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Commuter students with a valid permit can also park in any resident or faculty/staff parking lot — as long as it is not between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

New Vehicle, New License Plates and/or Damaged Decals

If you obtain a new vehicle but keep the same license plates, place your decal on the new vehicle and contact Parking Services (518-442-3121 or [email protected]) to provide the new vehicle's make, model, year and color.

If you obtain a new vehicle and get new license plates, please visit the Parking & Mass Transit Services office, bring your parking decal, and we'll replace it for $5.00. If you don't return your decal, a new decal must be purchased at full registration price unless you have documentation from the insurance company that the vehicle was a total loss or you have official proof of sale from dealership or Department of Motor Vehicles. 


Motorcycles must be registered with a valid University decal to park on campus.

You may register more than one vehicle (including one motorcycle and one car), but you cannot have more than one vehicle on campus at any given time.

Motorcycles can be parked in any area covered by your current decal, in any open or registered parking area during posted hours, and directly behind any light post, so long as it does not take up a space that could be used by a vehicle.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available to students, faculty and staff members who have both a valid UAlbany parking decal and a license plate or valid placard displaying the Universal Symbol of Access.

If you meet these requirements, you can park in any designated student, faculty, staff, accessible or special permit area. Review accessibility maps of our campuses.

Vehicles parked in accessible spaces without a license plate or valid placard displaying the Universal Symbol of Access will be ticketed.

For information on how to obtain a license plate or valid placard displaying the Universal Symbol of Access, please visit the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Temporary Placards

Students who do not have a license plate or valid placard displaying the Universal Symbol of Access but may need a temporary accommodation must contact the Disability Access and Inclusion Student Services (DAISS) before contacting Parking and Mass Transit Services.

Parking and Mass Transit Services cannot accept or review medical documentation.