Student Permits

Student Online Permit Purchase

Student Permit Purchase (pdf)

2017-2018 Student Permits are now available for sale in our office for an additional $10.00 fee, or online. Permits that are purchased online are not subject to the additional $10.00 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
  • Remote parking, located north of the Convocation Center, in Lot C3, on the west side of campus, available at no charge.
  • 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 of $10 online or $20 in our office for those with a valid parking permit. Green permit holders are excluded.

    Motorcycles can only park in designated motorcycle parking areas, their own reserve space 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.

Special Medical Permits ** Conditions/Information will not be shared**
  • Students requiring special parking accommodations due to temporary medical reasons must get a note from a physician in order to recieve three blue parking lots. The physician will determine the need for special parking permission and duration, to be granted on a semester by semester basis.  Students who meet the Secretary of State's requirements and have obtained handicapped license plates or placards may be issued special medical parking permission with a copy of the placard or license registration. Campus Parking Services may assess a $15 fee for each special medical parking permission permit it grants to students who own a Green parking permit.

Special Parking Permits
  • Students requiring special parking accommodations due to extenuating circumstances, but not health related, may file a Special Parking Permission Appeal at Campus Parking Services. These appeals will be reviewed by the Parking Appeals Committee. The decisions of the Parking Appeals Committee are final. Campus Parking Services may assess a $15 fee for each special parking permission permit it grants.

Purchasing your Student Parking Permit

  • All University students can purchase their parking permits online. Our new 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.
  • 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).
  • We have a free parking option to any interested faculty, staff, student, or visitor. Those who take advantage of this option will recieve a green permit, which allows you to park remotely in Lot C3 on the west side of campus.

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

  • Bill the permit to your student Bursar Account
  • Huskie Bucks (in office only)
  • Credit Card
  • Check (in office or mail only)
  • Cash (in office or mail only)

How to Purchase a Parking Permit:

  • Online: Students are highly encouraged to purchase parking permits online. To purchase, simply go to the Parking Services website and clock on Permits and Buy Permits Online. Permits will be mailed to the address you provide. Note: No additional fee is applied for this option.
  • In-Person: Parking permits may be purchased at Parking Services beginning July 5, 2017. Campus Parking Services is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Note: There is an additional $10 fee applied to all permits purchased in person, excluding reserved permits.
  • By Mail: Print and complete the vehicle 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. Note: There is an additional $10 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

Requesting a Change or an Update for a Vehicle

If you need to request that a change or an update be made to a vehicle that is associated with your parking permit, first go the AIMS website, and click on My Account to log in. Once you have logged in using your University credentials, you will need to click on your current NIU parking permit. At the bottom of the next screen, you will have the option to select either Remove, Add, or Edit your vehicle or license plate information. Once you have entered all of the necessary information for your request, and added additional comments if need be, click on the request button at the bottom of the page. Once your request has been reviewed, you will receive an email letting you know if your request has been approved or denied.


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