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 hang-tags 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 reflectiveness 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.
- Employees who hold reserved space or reserved area registration permissions may register up to three vehicles on their account. Accounts with multiple vehicles do not allow more than one motor vehicle to be on campus during the reserved period. Students are allowed to have only one vehicle on their account at any given time. However, they may update their plate as often as necessary.
- 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.
Visitor & Guest Permits
Visitor Permissions may be provided to individuals who qualify as a visitor as defined below. Vehicles with visitor permissions may utilize any visitor space on campus for the date(s) specified. In lots where multi-space meters are present, the meter fee must also be paid.
Visitor – any person who is not a student, employee, faculty member, contractor, vendor or service technician.
Guest – any person to whom an official invitation to MU has been issued
- The University shall provide parking lots/structures on the grounds of MU for the exclusive use of its employees, students, and visitors, within the limitations of, and the priorities for the resources and space at MU.
- All parking lots/structures provided by MU that are owned, operated, or administered by MU, or any agency administratively responsible to MU, shall be available on a fee (paid parking) basis and at a rate to be specified by the Chancellor and published annually.
- No refunds shall be made for any unused portion of a paid Visitor or Guest parking permission, except as shall be authorized by the Committee.
- Upon the recommendation and approval of the Committee, selected parking lots/ structures may be made available on a reduced fee or no fee basis, provided that any such action by the Committee is also approved by the Chancellor or Designate.
- Any visitor receiving a traffic or parking citation or a violation of these regulations should communicate with or appear in person at the Parking and Transportation Services office.
- Service technicians who need their vehicles close to their work should apply to Parking and Transportation Services for a special permission.
- 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.
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 & Appeal 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.
- The Parking & Transportation Advisory Committee unanimously approved charging $5 to customers whose appeals are denied effective Sept. 1, 2021. Learn more
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.