Ball State Parking Services will be transitioning, effective for the 2020-21 school year, to a License Plate Recognition system (LPR) for parking enforcement. LPR is more than just a license plate capture. The system converts an image (picture of the license) to computer data that can be checked against a database. The system includes high-performance Internet Protocol (IP) cameras designed for this application and powerful software that provides consistent and reliable results. 

Beginning August 24 (start of the fall semester), University parking enforcement vehicle will scan the license plates of all vehicles parked in all University surface lots and parking garages. This will ensure compliance with the type of permit purchased and to confirm the vehicle is registered in the Parking Services database.

You will register your vehicle(s) as always on the Parking Services website, but the traditional color-coded parking stickers will no longer be necessary and will no longer be issued.

LPR systems for parking compliance are rapidly becoming best practice for many colleges and universities across the nation. Ball State will realize significant cost savings over time in postage, printing costs for stickers, and other efficiencies.

Under the new LPR system, students, faculty, and staff can still register up to 10 vehicles under one purchased permit, although only one vehicle may be parked on campus at a time.  No more switching/replacing window stickers for multiple registered vehicles.

We know that many holders of University parking permits desire to back into a parking space.   Of course, the LPR system cannot read the license plate in those instances. For those who wish to park their vehicles in this manner, a special front license plate may be purchased, for a one-time fee of $15. This plate may be purchased in the Parking Services office after a permit has been purchased online. A PDF of the plate design is attached.

Please see the comprehensive Q&A document that answers the most popular questions regarding the transition to the new LPR system.

In the coming weeks, you will be receiving an email inviting you to purchase the permit of your choice for the 2020-21 school year. This procedure has not changed.  


Please see the schedule below for permit sale dates.  All permit sales begin at 10 a.m. on the date listed.

3/24/20 Open residence hall permit sales to upcoming graduate and senior students 

3/31/20 Open residence hall permit sales to upcoming junior class students

4/7/20 Open residence hall permit sales to upcoming sophomore class students

4/9/20 Open restricted permit renewal and general permit sales to employees

4/14/20 Open residence hall permit sales to upcoming freshman class students

4/21/20 Open restricted permit sales to all employees

6/1/20 Open permit sales to commuters and first year freshmen living in the residence halls


In the interim, or at any time in the coming school year, you may direct questions to