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License plate recognition enforcement begins fall semester

Implementation of license plate recognition, a virtual system that uses vehicle license plates as parking permits, transitions from soft to full enforcement beginning Aug. 28.

Enforcement of this new technology began in January. Friendly reminders were given to owners of parked vehicles with outdated vehicle information and/or vehicles not facing the drive lane without a state-issued plate or IU-issued license plate recognition plate on the front bumper.

“License plate recognition will eventually eliminate the need to properly display parking permits or transfer them between vehicles,” said Sheri Eggleton-Ruble, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “The technology will also be used to count open parking spaces to provide real-time parking options.

“It’s crucial that employees, students and guests follow the LPR guidelines, before we can transition to those next phases.”

IUPUI is asking for your help minimizing the need for enforcement through the following actions:

  • Ensure your vehicle and license plate information are current in your IU Parking Account.
  • Delete any license plates that are no longer valid.
  • Park so your license plate always faces the drive lane. Do not pull through or back into any parking spaces. The only exception to this rule will be for vehicles with a state-issued plate or IU-issued LPR plate mounted on the front bumper. Parking and Transportation Services sells these plates for $14.50.
  • Continue to display a valid parking permit until further notice.
  • Park in areas as designated by your current permit.

Up to five vehicles can be registered on an IU parking account, with only one vehicle permitted to park on campus at a time. To learn more about license plate recognition and to review the FAQs, visit Parking and Transportation Services. Questions can also be directed to