Transportation Services uses a license plate recognition (LPR) system for enforcement in UW parking lots and garages. The LPR system uses vehicle-mounted cameras to capture images of parked vehicles, including their license plates. The system also records location and date/time information. A
To reduce and/or avoid the risk of citation, it is important to enter your license plate information correctly. Whether you are a visitor using a
self-serve parking pay machine or PayByPhone, or you are a permit holder, please ensure that you have entered your license plate information accurately.
It is also important to park your vehicle in a space properly so the LPR technology can read your plate information appropriately. Back-in parking can make it difficult for the technology to recognize your vehicle’s plate.
Enter your vehicle license plate number
exactly as it appears on the vehicle registration.
Do not enter any dashes as a part of your license plate number.
Example: 123-ABC should be entered as 123ABC.
If you have an out-of-state license plate, please enter that information until you receive your Washington license plates. Once you have received and installed your Washington license plates, use that license plate information moving forward when parking on campus.
Similarly, if you have temporary plates, please enter that information until you receive your permanent license plates. Once you have received and installed your permanent license plates, use that license plate information moving forward when parking on campus.
Please enter 0 (number zero) and O (letter O) appropriately. If grouped together with numbers (809), the input would be the number zero. If grouped together with letters (KOL), the input would be the letter O. Some plates will denote zeros by putting a diagonal slash through the middle.
If you have further questions about how to enter your license plate in a pay machine or PayByPhone, speak to a
gatehouse staff member or parking enforcement member if they are available. Examples
Here are some common examples of how to enter license plate information properly.
The vertical “WSU” preceding the white text (SMPL) should be entered as part of the license plate number.
Endangered Wildlife plate
The vertical “EW” preceding the black text (SMPLE) should be entered as part of the license plate number.
The vertical “SH” preceding the black numbers (12345) should be entered as part of the license plate number.
The vertical “DP” preceding the black numbers (03750) should be entered as part of the license plate number.
The vertical “XMT” preceding the black text (33174K) should be entered as part of the license plate number.
The extra text on the plate (Purple Heart, Combat Wounded) is
not considered part of the license plate number and should not be entered.
A vehicle found on University of Washington property shall be impounded in cases of:
Failure to pay fines
Public safety concerns
Vehicle reported stolen
Vehicle constitutes evidence/contains evidence
To verify that your vehicle has been impounded, contact Transportation Services at 206-221-3701 during office hours Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. After hours, please call 206-685-1553 from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Impounds can only be released during office hours. Please note that our main office is closed on weekends and holidays.
All outstanding fines must be paid in full upon release. Transportation Services will issue release documentation to the vehicle’s registered owner upon receipt of full payment and proof of a valid driver’s license. A person authorized by the registered owner may also receive the documentation after providing a written authorization, accompanied by valid photo identification, to initiate third-party vehicle redemption. A valid driver’s license is required prior to payment or release.