Student Permits

2020-2021 Student permits are now available online. You can also purchase them by mail for an additional $15 fee. Permits that are purchased online are not subject to the additional $15 fee.

The type of permit that a student qualifies for is determined by student residential status.

Please note: We enforce parking regulations on campus much like any city. The fines assessed for parking violations can be costly. For example, the fine for parking in a handicap space without the proper permit displayed is $250, as set by state law! Please be careful to park in the appropriate lot and follow the parking regulations.

Yellow Permits

Available to commuting students. Commuting students are students not living in NIU residence halls. A reserved parking space may be available for an additional fee.

Orange Permits

Available to students living in NIU residence halls. A reserved parking space may be available for an additional fee.

Brown Permits

Evening/Limited Parking available to any student not living in university-owned housing.

Green Permits

Free parking option to any interested faculty, staff, student, or visitor. This allows you to park remotely in Lot C3 on the west side of campus (north of the Convocation Center).

Green permit holders may be required to move your vehicles from lot C3 prior to the start of large events held at the convocation center or for certain athletic events.

Snow Removal: When there is over two inches of snow, you may be required, through email, to move your vehicles to another location within C3.

Motorcycle Permits

Motorcycle permits are required for any motorcycle/scooter parked on campus. An annual motorcycle permit may be purchased at the discount rate for those with a valid parking permit. Green permit holders are excluded from the discounted rate as the green permit is free.

Motorcycles can only park in designated motorcycle parking areas, their own reserve space, 15-minute spaces and pay parking spaces. For those who rent a reserve space and plan on parking their motorcycle in that space, Campus Parking Services must be notified so your motorcycle permit number can be added to the sign.

Motorcycles may utilize pay parking areas without a permit, but payment is required. Motorcycles parking in the visitor lot must pay to use this facility, regardless if a motorcycle has a permit, and must park in a designated motorcycle space.

Student Reserved Permits

  • Reserved parking is designed for students who need or want to park closer, and have a consistent parking option.
  • Reserved parking may be available for an additional fee.
  • Reserved permit holders may also park in the colored lots that corresponds with the color on their reserved parking permit (yellow or orange).
  • If an unauthorized vehicle occupies your reserved space, you will need to find available, legal, parking in a parking space corresponding to the color of your reserved parking permit.
  • You may contact Campus Parking Services, at 815-753-1045, to report the unauthorized vehicle that is in your reserved space. Reserved parking permits are sold on a first come, first serve basis, with a limited number of spaces in each designated parking lot. Please be aware that purchasing a fall only reserved parking permit does not guarantee you will have a spot for the spring.
  • Annual and fall reserved permits may be purchased either on-line or in office. Once a designated lot is full, you will have the option to either be placed on the waiting list, or purchase a different parking permit.
  • Spring reserved permits will only be available for purchase in the office on a first come, first served basis.
  • The type of reserved parking permit that you qualify for is based on your residential status. Please see the information below to determine which type of reserved parking permit you would qualify for.

Yellow Commuter Reserves

This permit is available if you are not living in a university owned residence hall. Reserved parking spaces are offered in the following lots: Lot 36, Lot A, Lot 2, Lot E, Lot S, Lot D, Lot 44, and Lot 20B.

Orange Resident Reserves

This permit is available if you are living in a university owned residence hall. A reserved parking permit may only be purchased for the parking lot that is closest to your residence hall. Reserved parking spaces are offered in the following lots: Lot E-Gilbert Hall, Lot D-Neptune Hall, Lot P- Stevenson Towers, and Lot X-New Hall.

All NIU students with a Z-ID can purchase their parking permits online. Our AIMS (Automated Issuance Management System) parking management system provides you convenient access to your parking account information. The ability to buy a permit, pay a ticket and look up your account information is at your fingertips by using your current student login ID and password. ELS students cannot purchase permits online. ELS students will need to purchase their permits by mail. Completed forms and payment can be sent to the address below.

Hang tags may be purchased annually or by semester. An annual motorcycle permit may be purchased at the discounted rate by those with a valid vehicle permit (excluding green permits).

How to Purchase

  • Online: Students are highly encouraged to purchase parking permits online. Permits will be mailed to the address you provide.
    • No additional fee is applied for this option.
  • By Mail: Print and complete the Student Permit Purchase registration form. Mail the form and your check (payable to NIU) for the amount of the permit. You may also write "bill Bursar account" and initial below it. The parking permit will be mailed to you within three business days of receiving your order.
    • There is an additional $15 fee applied to all permits purchased by mail, excluding reserved permits.

Mail the completed form to:

Northern Illinois University
Campus Parking Services
121 Normal Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

Payment Options

When purchasing a parking permit, three payment options are available:

  • Bill the permit to your student Bursar account.
  • Credit card.
  • Check (mail only).

If you need to request that a change or an update be made to a vehicle that is associated with your parking permit follow these steps:

  1. Visit the AIMS website.
  2. Select"my account" and log in using your university credentials.
  3. Select your current NIU parking permit.
  4. You will have the option to select either remove, add or edit your vehicle or license plate information.
  5. Enter necessary information for your request, then select "request".

Once your request has been reviewed, you will receive an email letting you know if your request has been approved or denied. The changes that you are making are toward your parking permit, not your account.

Please note you are at risk of receiving tickets if a valid parking permit is not displayed in your vehicle. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at 815-753-1045 or

Contact Us

Parking Services
121 Normal Road

Office Hours

7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The lobby is currently closed to in-person transactions.

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