Sometimes citations happen

No one likes to receive a parking citation, but it can happen to the best of us.

If you do get a citation, it's important to pay or appeal it promptly. Familiarize yourself with IU parking rules and our tips to avoid a citation so you can be informed when parking on campus in the future.

Tips for avoiding citations

If you know the parking rules and keep the following tips in mind, you'll steer clear of citations.

If you plan to park on campus, you must register your vehicle at the Office of Parking Operations and purchase a permit.

If you have recently purchased a vehicle from a private seller, the State of Indiana requires that the seller remove the license plate from the vehicle at the time of the sale. The purchaser is responsible for obtaining a new certificate of title, registration, and license plate.

Any unpaid, non-student citation issued to either a registered or unregistered vehicle that is not paid within 90 days will be turned over to a third-party collection agency (we will send a 30-day and a 60-day billing notice).

Keep track of the time on your meter. Most campus meters allow for 40 minutes to four hours of parking.

Park only in lots or garages where your permit is valid. See where to park on campus to find areas where you are authorized to park. Maps are also available from the Office of Parking Operations.

Every student, staff member, and faculty member must display a valid IU parking permit when parking on campus. Hang your permit from the interior rearview mirror, facing forward.

Always check posted signs for parking restrictions. Wondering what to look for? Learn about the different types of parking signs.

Always make sure your vehicle is parked inside—not on or over—the lines designating a legal parking space.