License Plate Recognition (LPR)

Your license plate now functions as your parking hangtag. (Limited lots and programs only at this point)

Please sign up your license plate here License Plate Recognition Login

NOTE: You will be asked to provide your license plate information when purchasing parking at UTMB. It is important that your license plate information be entered in correctly or you may receive an unnecessary citation.

LPR Information 1

  • What is LPR
    License Plate Recognition (LPR) is an advanced parking technology that provides virtual permits through a vehicle’s license plate instead of paper permits or plastic hangtags. LPR increases parking efficiency on campus, provides convenience for the parking customer and greatly reduces the amount of paper and plastic waste produced. LPR can also be used to provide access to gated parking lots and garages.
  • How does it work

    Individuals will register their vehicle’s license plate information into the online parking system when purchasing their virtual permits. The LPR software then combines this information with the individual’s payment and generates a virtual permit linked to that vehicle’s license plate number.

    When a vehicle parks on campus, the license plate is captured by cameras mounted on enforcement vehicles or mounted stations. LPR works similar to a supermarket scanner with your license plate functioning as the barcode. When read, the numbers of your plate are automatically referenced against the parking database to verify a valid permit and the proper parking privileges for the location. If the license plate and vehicle information are not associated with a valid virtual permit or the vehicle is parked in an inappropriate area, then the vehicle will be subject to a citation.

  • How can I register my license plate?
    Please visit (LPR Registration) to register your license plate with UTMB LPR System.
  • What happens if I do not register my license plate? Will I receive a citation?
    A citation will be given if caught if your vehicle is not register. You will need to take the time to register to avoid further citations.
  • How will my license plate be used?
    The license plate information collected in this process will only be referenced against the campus database for the strict purposes of verifying UTMB parking permits on campus. The enforcement rules will not change because of this new technology, including the process to appeal a citation.
  • I have register my license plate with another LPR system, will that register work here at UTMB?
    No, the LPR system for UTMB is only for UTMB and we do not share your license plate information with others nor we receive information from other LPR systems.
  • What is the benefit of LPR?
    • Eliminates the need to display physical permits and the need to move permits from vehicle-to-vehicle
    • Increased cost effectiveness with the reduction of printed permits and postage fees
    • Returning to your vehicle to display a paper or plastic permit will no longer be necessary
    • Lost or stolen permits and the associated replacement fees, police reports, and processing times will be eliminated
    • No more forgetting your hangtag, a hangtag falling from a rearview mirror or being displayed improperly
    • Remote sign up for parking online
    • Reduced waste in support of UTMB's commitment to reducing waste and campus sustainability:
      • Reduced paper, plastic, envelopes and ink used in permit production and distribution
      • Reduced waster and litter in all campus lots
  • What if I own more than one vehicle?
    You are allowed to register up to 5 vehicles for employees and 2 vehicles for students under the same account. The LPR technology will recognize the first vehicle on campus as valid, but any additional vehicles found on campus at the same time, under the same account, will be subject to citation.
  • What if two people have parking accounts and share two vehicles, could our license plate be on both accounts?
    The LPR system has difficulty recognizing vehicles listed on multiple accounts. To avoid being cited in error, we recommend only listing your vehicle on your own account. To register a second vehicle to your account, it must not be registered on another account.

LPR Information 2

  • What if I get a new vehicle or a new license plate?
    It is imperative that your license plate and vehicle information is current and correct in order to avoid an unnecessary citation and ensure proper access.
  • What if I do not have a front license plate?
    If your vehicle is registered in the State of Texas, the state requires that two plates be displayed, one in the front and one in the back of the vehicle. If you have a back-facing plate only, please park head-in in parking lots so that our officers can see your registered license plate. Failure to park head-in will result in a citation.
  • What if I receive a citation because my license plate is dirty or if I have a decorative cover?
    As long as your plates are legal for driving, our system will be able to read them.
  • How will motorcycle plates be handled?
    The new LPR system will read motorcycle license plates in the same manner as vehicle license plates.
  • What if I have a brand new vehicle without a license plate?
    LPR has the ability to recognize new vehicles without state-issued license plates. The new paper plates with the license plate number clearly visible should be sufficient. If you do not have a license plate with a number visible, then please type in the last 7 digits of your vehicle’s VIN number in place of the license plate number when registering your vehicle online. Once your DMV-issued license plates have arrived, you will be required to immediately update your information on your online parking account. Failure to add the new vehicle license plate information may result in an unnecessary citation and possibly revoked access.
  • How can I verify that the license number I have on record is correct?
    Call the parking office at 409-722-PARK or email them requesting your information on file.
  • What if I have a loaner vehicle or a rental car?

    Individuals are allowed to add/remove vehicles to their account at any time; this includes loaner vehicles and rental cars. It is important that you remove vehicles from your account as soon as your use of the temporary vehicle has ended.

  • What if I have a personalized plate or special characters/symbols?

    Individuals are allowed to add/remove vehicles to their account at any time; this includes loaner vehicles and rental cars. It is important that you remove vehicles from your account as soon as your use of the temporary vehicle has ended.

Data Privacy Information

UTMB uses license plate recognition (“LPR”) in place of physical hangtag in some parking lots to ensure vehicles are authorized to park on campus. The Parking Services uses vehicle mounted cameras to scan license plates as valid permits and issue citations to vehicles without university permits.

Vehicle information is routed to secure servers and is not shared with other agencies, including law enforcement. No personal information is shared outside the university in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and driver information is protected under the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act 18 U.S.C. §§2721-2725 (DPPA). Vehicle information is stored as long as the permit is valid or if a citation is issued. All other license plate data is considered a transitory record and is retained on secure servers for thirty (30) days and then deleted.

  • The vehicle license plate is the permit, and anyone who parks on campus must purchase annual, semester, daily or overnight rights.
  • A parking right is referred to as a permit in the context of UTMB.
  • The purchaser is responsible for the accuracy of the license plate at the time parking rights are obtained.
  • License plates must face the drive lane in parking lots to be scanned for compliance. A vehicle may be cited if its plate cannot be scanned.
  • Vehicles with only one license plate are not authorized to back in or pull through spaces and may be cited.
  • Citations issued due to inaccurate plate information or the inability to scan a plate are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.
  • Refunds are not issued if license plates are entered inaccurately.