Bruin ePermit System FAQs

The Bruin ePermit system is an advanced parking technology that provides virtual permits through a vehicle’s license plate instead of paper permits or plastic hangtags. ePermits increase parking efficiency on campus, offer convenience for customers, and greatly reduce the amount of paper and plastic waste produced.

Individuals will register their vehicle license plate information into the online parking system when purchasing their parking permits. The Bruin ePermit software then combines this information with the individual’s payment and generates a virtual permit linked to that vehicle’s license plate number.

ePermits will allow us to eliminate the need for printed parking permits and thus make our parking management system more efficient.

  • Eliminates the need to display a physical permit and the need to move your permit from vehicle-to-vehicle.
  • Creates the ability to purchase permits online and eliminates the need to come to the office to pick up your permit.
  • Lost or stolen permits and the associated replacement fees, police reports, and processing will be eliminated.
  • You will not have to worry about remembering your permit, switching your permit from a different vehicle, or if your permit is being displayed improperly.
  • Reduced paper, plastic, envelopes, and ink used during permit production and distribution.

During the initial phase, individuals will continue to contact their department's commute coordinator to purchase a parking pass.

Students will still be able to register for and purchase most permits online as they have always done. The only difference will be that entering license plate information is now required. 

Individuals are allowed to register multiple vehicles (up to three) on the same virtual parking permit. However, only one vehicle is allowed on campus at a time per permit. The ePermit technology will recognize the first vehicle as valid, but any additional vehicles under the same permit will be subject to citation.

Individuals are allowed to add or remove vehicles to their parking permit at any time, which will include loaner or rental cars. It is important that you remove vehicles from your account as soon as your use of the vehicle has ended.

No. All lot privileges remain the same and are based upon your permit type (employee, student, etc.). Vehicles parked in an area on campus not associated with their permit type will be subject to citation.

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It is imperative that your license plate number(s) and vehicle information are current and remain up to date.

If you have a personalized plate with less than seven characters, or if you have a special character within your plate (heart, star, etc.), you will skip the special character and enter in the number of characters remaining on the plate.

If your vehicle is registered in the State of California, the state requires two plates to be displayed, one in front and one in back of the vehicle. If you have a back-facing plate only, please park head-in so that the Bruin ePermit system can read your registered license plate from the drive aisle. Failure to park so that the license plate is visible from the drive aisle may result in a citation.

As long as your plates are legal for driving, our system can read them.

Effective January 1, 2019, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires a dealer or lessor-retailer, wholesale dealers, and auto auctions to electronically submit the Report of Sale (ROS) of a vehicle, and all dealers are required to issue and attach a Temporary License Plate (TLP) to new or used vehicles which do not already display California license plates.  

You are required to register the Temporary License Plate until your permanent DMV-issued license plates arrive. Once your DMV-issued license plates have arrived, you will be required to update your information on your online parking account immediately. Failure to add the new vehicle license plate information may result in a citation.  

Yes, carpooling is encouraged. However, please make sure the primary carpool member registers the vehicles associated with the permit. The primary carpool member is the individual who pays for the parking permit. 

You are required to register all vehicles that are associated with your permit, even if you share a vehicle.

The registered owner of the vehicle is responsible for the citation.

All permits are non-transferable and can only be used by the individual who purchased it. Permit privileges will be revoked for any individuals found sharing parking permits or in violation of UCLA Parking Regulations.

The license plate information collected in this process will only be referenced against the campus database for purposes of verifying UCLA parking permits on campus. The enforcement rules will not change during this transition to virtual permits.

Employees with a valid permit can obtain a maximum of five (5) temporary permits per calendar quarter (i.e. January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December) for the following reason:

  • Employees required to travel on campus for job related business/duties can obtain a temporary permit for an alternate area. Restrictions may apply, i.e. cannot be within same proximity of employee's assigned permit location.

Employees who have medical appointments may cross-park in Jules Stein (JS) or Medical Plaza (MP) only. Parking Structure (PS) 1, 8, 9, 18, & CHS Yellow permit holders are not eligible. Valid for up to 3 hours once per day Monday-Friday during Information & Parking Booth hours only. 

Employees must provide the kiosk attendant their UCLA Bruincard to verify they have a valid permit. Employees must pay full price on Saturday, Sunday, and when information & Parking Booth hours are closed.

Employees with Night or Weekend Permits must pay the daily rate.