Virtual Permitting

Virtual Permitting

SUNY Cortland Parking Operations is pleased to announce the implementation of virtual permitting for the Fall 2020 semester!

What is virtual permitting?

Technology has been installed that allows permit verification to be tied to a vehicle’s license plate. No physical permits will be issued. Once a permit is purchased, there is no further action required on your part.

What other changes can I expect?

Users can expect a few changes, including:

  • Ability to register two active vehicles. Only one vehicle per permit may park on campus at any time (during enforcement periods).  Concurrent use of permitted lots by more than one vehicle registered to a single permit will result in a citation being issued. If you need to change vehicle in the course of a single day, please contact our office.
  • No need to move permits between vehicles.
  • Since the permit is tied to the vehicle registration (license plate), it is very important the entered information is correct.  SUNY Cortland is not obligated to void any citations issued due to inaccurate information supplied at the time of registration.
  • Temporary vehicles (rentals, etc.) can be tied to your permit for up to two weeks at a time.  Please contact our office for more information.
  • Vehicles must be parked so that a license plate is viewable from the driving lane.  For vehicles registered in jurisdictions that do not issue front plates (i.e. Pennsylvania), this typically means the vehicle will need to be parked “nose-in”.
  • License plates must be readable.  Devices that cover or obstruct a license plate are illegal in New York State (NY V&T § 402 (b)).  The presence of such devices may result in the issuance of a citation.  Vehicles registered in New York: the New York Department of Motor Vehicles has acknowledged that some older license plates are susceptible to “delamination (peeling) of their printed coating”.  Replacements for license plates experiencing this issue may be obtained free of charge.  More information is located at


Please contact the Parking Operations office:

NY V&T § 402 (b):

Number plates shall be kept clean and in a condition so as to be easily readable and shall not be covered by glass or any plastic material, and shall not be knowingly covered or coated with any artificial or synthetic material or substance that conceals or obscures such number plates or that distorts a recorded or photographic image of such number plates, and the view of such number plates shall not be obstructed by any part of the vehicle or by anything carried thereon, except for a receiver-transmitter issued by a publicly owned tolling facility in connection with electronic toll collection when such receiver-transmitter is affixed to the exterior of a vehicle in accordance with mounting instructions provided by the tolling facility.”