Traffic & Parking
The University of Missouri employs the use of License Plate Recognition (LPR) as the means to manage parking permissions and enforce parking regulations on campus.
Parking permissions are issued virtually, and are based on the license plate number. No decals or hangtags are used to park on campus.
Citations are issued and delivered through email. No paper ticket or envelope will be placed on the vehicle. A citation notice may be placed on the driver’s side window of a vehicle when the vehicle has reached two violations that have not been paid or there is no connection to the vehicle and/or driver in the parking management system.
- Vehicles must be parked so that the license plate is visible from the driving aisle.
- The license plate must be securely fastened to the exterior side of the vehicle facing the driving aisle in a horizontal, upright position of not less than 12 inches from the ground. (Some Motorcycles use vertical plates)
- Removable tow hitches must be removed and stored when not in use.
- No covers may be placed over the license plate that would inhibit the reflectivity of the plate.
- The alphanumeric characters of the license plate must be visible and not obstructed by license plate frames, accessories or other items (e.g. paper, tape, etc.).
- Persons must ensure their current vehicle is registered and associated with their parking account. This may be done through the Tiger Park Portal or at the office of Parking &Transportation Services.
- Students are allowed to have one vehicle on their account at any given time. However, they may update their plate as often as necessary.
- Ramps belong to the level below and includes the entire drive lane/aisle that connects one level to another. The direction of the flow of traffic will not affect the level designation. The ramp ends when you turn the corner at the top or bottom of the ramp.
- Transferring a parking permission to another person for which a parking permission was not issued, or giving any false information in the purchasing of a parking permission or at any hearing is a violation of these regulations.This is to include altering a license plate by covering all or part of the letters and/or numbers in the plate sequence as the license plate serves as the means to obtain permission to park.
- All student parking spaces on the MU campus are restricted to assigned student parking permission holders. The parking spaces are under exclusive control of the Committee and administered by Parking and Transportation Services. Students are required to register the motor vehicle they will be operating on campus when they register for school or at such time as they commence operating a motor vehicle on campus. Students are limited to registering one vehicle at a time on their parking permission, due to the demand for parking on campus.
- As a condition of issuance, retention, and continued use of student parking permissions, all purchasers of permissions shall at all times meet the regulations of the Committee and the laws of the State of Missouri that pertain to the operation of motor vehicles.
- All student parking permissions are authorized by the Committee and are purchased and issued through Parking and Transportation Services upon receipt of an established fee as published prior to student registration.
- Student Apartment Parking Facilities – The Committee has authorized Parking and Transportation Services to provide the Residential Life Office with parking permissions for restricted parking spaces that are a part of and assigned to apartments under the operation and control of the Department of Residential Life. All users of apartment parking spaces are subject to all Traffic and Parking Regulations. These regulations shall be enforced by Parking and Transportation Services and the MU Police Department.
- The Committee may designate selected parking spaces for student use of non-fee, condition-use basis (restricted hours or days of the week). All student vehicles using these designated spaces must have a valid student parking permission.
- Health/Accessible parking permissions shall be available to students on an individual need basis. Parking and Transportation Services has the authority to require that the student be evaluated by the Student Health Clinic or the Disability Center before issuing the special assignment.
- If a citation is issued, the recipient will have ten business days to take action on the citation, or it can be moved to their student account.
The use of driveways, fire lanes and motor traffic entrances, and exits is restricted to moving traffic only.
These areas and all areas in MU parking lots/structures that are not clearly designated as parking spaces shall not be used for parking or temporary placement of motor vehicles.
Missouri State Laws
All persons operating motor vehicles, bicycles, skateboards or skates on or within the MU campus area shall observe and obey all applicable Missouri laws and the rules and regulations of MU.
No person shall drive a motor vehicle on the property of the MU campus at a speed greater than the posted speed limit. A maximum of 20 mph shall be the legal speed limit on MU property unless otherwise posted.
Traffic Control Signs and Devices
All persons including pedestrians, drivers of motor vehicles, bicycle riders, skaters and skateboarders shall obey all traffic control signs, markers, and/or other traffic control signals and devices on the MU campus.
Report of Accident
All persons are required by Missouri law to make reports of accidents involving motor vehicles. Accidents that occur on the MU campus shall be reported to the MU Police Department.
- Parking in a disabled space without displaying appropriate permission
- Selling/transferring a parking permission or altering/obscuring a license plate
- Parking in a fire lane
- Parking in a pedestrian crosswalk
- Parking in driveway/entrance/exit on university grounds
- Obstructing vehicular traffic
- Parking at a yellow curb
- Long term storage
- Parking over/beyond a curb
- Parking in an area/space not clearly marked for parking
- Parking in a load zone
- Parking in unassigned area
- Parking in reserved/visitor space
- Occupying more than one parking space
- Meter violation
- Parking overtime with limited permit
Excessive Violation Fines
After three paid or unpaid violations, an excessive violation fee of $25 will be charged in addition to any following citations.
After the seventh violation, the fee will increase to an additional $75 per violation.
Moving violations are issued by MU Police officers. Drivers can pay for moving violations in their NuPark account, but please direct questions regarding citations to MU Police at 573-882-7201. MU Police are authorized to issue University of Missouri tickets, City of Columbia tickets, and the State of Missouri tickets, it is the duty of the recipient to determine which entity issued the ticket and resolve it.