Student 2022-2023 Vehicle Registration

note: When leasing an off-campus apartment, understand that you are not eligible for a campus resident permit. Non-resident (commuter) students with C Zone registration are not permitted overnight parking on campus.

Student Vehicle Registration for 2022 – 20223

ECU Parking is excited for the return to Pirate Nation!  As students come back to campus, we will see a return of campus traffic and increased parking lot usage. Parking regulations were enforced throughout the past year, and will be more crucial as the campus population returns to pre-Covid levels. Enforcement should not be seen as punishment, but rather as a way to maintain availability of parking for those who purchased access to the parking lot, as well as providing ample space for safety, service, and facilities vehicles, as well as ADA compliance.

There are some important changes related to the vehicle registration and renewal process
for the 2022 – 2023 academic year

A new “Plate-to-Permit” parking permit system is here! Once you register your vehicle and pay the parking fee, parking zone privileges are identified by license plates, rather than a decal or hangtag.

Simple, online registration and payment for parking zones is done through Pirate Port, clicking on the Parking and Transportation module.

The “Plate-to-Permit” system is in place for the 2022 – 2023 academic year. Vehicle registration is available through the school year on a space available basis.

NOTE: If you wish to cancel your vehicle registration and permit purchase, because you no longer need to park, or you purchased multiple permits by mistake, please complete the Permit Cancellation Form.  Refunds will be reported from the system to the parking office after 24 hours, and will be completed as quickly as possible. Some delays may occur during heavy registration volume. For urgent needs, please call, (252) 328-6294.


  • Student parking registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on TBA via Pirate Port  and continues through the school year.
  • Students should use their PirateID and NOT register as a guest.
  • Waitlists are formed once a zone is sold out. Add yourself to the wait list via the Parking Portal, and you will be notified if/when space becomes available.
  • Commuting Main Campus students should register for C Zone parking and Commuting Health Science students should register for B4 zone parking.
  • All Resident students: one vehicle may be added to your parking registration, but if any other vehicle information needs to be changed or removed from the system, you will need to contact the Parking Office, (252) 328-6294 or email
  • At no time may an individual sell or give another person a parking permit, or fraudulently register a non-relative’s vehicle license plate.


What changes with this new system?Do not back into a space unless you have a front license plate

  • When you purchase your parking Plate-to-Permit, you will no longer be issued a parking permit decal. Parking zone enforcement will be based on your registered license plate(s). Basically, your license plate is your parking permit.
  • You will NOT receive a parking decal.
  • If you have only a rear-facing license plate (standard for NC), you will need to park head-in. In the future, you will be able to purchase a special plate from the parking office if you wish to pull-through a parking space. If you wish to purchase the front plate identifier, please complete this online form and you will be notified when it’s available. We estimate 6 – 8 weeks.


What stays the same?

  • You must register your vehicle(s) with ECU Parking and pay the applicable fee to park on university property.
  • You will complete your vehicle registration online and pay the annual parking fee.
  • Parking zone options for students are the same.
  • Parking fees will be increased for the 2022– 2023 academic year.
  • You will only be allowed to register up to one vehicle.
  • If an alternate vehicle is being parked on campus, you will need to contact the Parking Office to update license plate and vehicle information.
  • If ADA parking is needed, see instructions here:


More about the License Plate Recognition System

Your license plate becomes your parking zone designation “permit”. The License Plate Recognition (LPR) system is integrated into ECU Parking vehicles which recognize registered license plates. Control officers are alerted when the system’s camera identifies a vehicle without permission for the zone, displaying the information on a screen. The control officer can then verify the information and alert an enforcement officer if a citation is needed. By giving citations, parking is better controlled, ensuring ample parking for registered vehicles.

The recognition technology needs a clear license plate view. Unless a vehicle is registered in a state that issues both front and rear plates, individuals will no longer be able to park forward-facing without risking a citation. However, for those who have a rear-only plate and backing-in or pulling through a space is preferred, ECU Parking will offer a unique LPR-readable front plate for purchase in the near future. This front plate will be tied to the state-issued plate and be valid as long as the plate number remains the same.

Rest assured, ECU does not collect nor store private information on vehicles. More information can be found at


Contact the Parking Office with any questions, by email at, phone, (252) 328-6294, or stop by our office at 305 E. 10th Street.