Parking Decals

Parking Decal Regulations

Every employee, student, and visitor shall need to register each vehicle which he or she may park on the University at Albany premises in conjunction with parking rules and regulations. For employees and students the vehicle must be legally registered in Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to either yourself or an immediate family member. NYS Public Health Law Section 238 defines “immediate family” to include spouse, birth and adoptive parents, children and siblings; stepparents, stepchildren and stepsiblings, fathers-in-law, mothers-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, and grandparents and grandchildren. Proof of relationship will be required if last name or address does not match DMV and/or University records. University at Albany may provide an exemption to existing parking regulations in extreme circumstances which would be reviewed by a committee.

For all out of state vehicles a copy of the registration must be provided. If purchasing a decal on-line for an out of state vehicle; registration will need to be provided at time of pick-up.

The Health Sciences Campus has different parking permits from those used on the Uptown and Downtown Campuses. Health Sciences Campus permits are not valid on the Uptown and Downtown Campuses. Please see the Health Sciences Campus Map. For questions about Health Sciences Campus parking, contact Health Sciences Campus, at (518)-591-8400.

The license plate indicated on the decal must match the plate on the vehicle. Decals are not transferable. If you get a new vehicle or change your license plate for any reason, bring your current decal back and register your new vehicle for $5. Only if you return your current decal will you get your replacement for $5. All other replacements will be $50 for students, $30 for non-Union employees and $25 for Union employees. University members are responsible for obtaining a replacement decal if the license plate and/or vehicle information changes in any way. 

If you bring a different vehicle to campus, you must obtain a temporary permit from the Office of Parking and Mass Transit Services. Enforcement can only note that a vehicle does not have a permit. At the time the ticket is being issued, they cannot determine whether the vehicle is registered to someone who has a decal for another vehicle. If you have already purchased a decal, but need to park an alternate vehicle on campus temporarily, you must obtain a temporary permit from the Office of Parking and Mass Transit Services.You are entitled to 10 free temporary days for an alternate vehicle each academic year; as long as you have a valid decal.

In an effort to maintain adequate parking spaces for our daily visitors and guests, UAlbany faculty, staff, students, vendors, affiliates, and contractors who have purchased a valid University at Albany parking decal (including Special Permit) or those that are eligible for a University at Albany parking decal will not be permitted entry into visitors' lots at Collins Circle & Indian Quad pay lots or meters. Those that park in all areas designated for visitors, including Dutch Visitor, will be subject to parking citations even if proper validation has occurred.

Decal Display Instructions

Decal must be permanently affixed to the inside passenger side windshield to be valid. (Opposite NYS registration/inspection stickers; on the inside). Press firmly to glass. Failure to affix decal in the designated area will result in citations. Decal must be readable from the outside of the vehicle.

Hang tags are issued only for two vehicle set ups as you are only eligible to have 1 vehicle on campus at any given time. If your decal is not properly hung from the rear view mirror with the plate number facing forward you will receive a ticket. The hang tag should be removed prior to driving the vehicle. Please note all multiple vehicle registrations will be issued one hang tag to be moved between vehicles. No individual will receive 2 decals.

Decal Responsibility

The individual to whom the Office of Parking and Mass Transit Services issued a vehicle registration decal will be held responsible for parking violations issued to their vehicle and vehicles belonging to family members. It is your responsibility to inform family and friends of the parking rules and regulations. The operator of a vehicle parked on campus is presumed to be affiliated with the University. Responsibility for parking violations cited to a vehicle will lie with the owner or family member of the owner affiliated with the University. The person affiliated with the University is held responsible for parking tickets issued to family members vehicles. Faculty/staff/students are not authorized to use retiree decals.

It is your responsibility to know and follow University parking policies.