Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Purchase Your Parking Permit

MESSAGE FROM GWC PUBLIC SAFETY: Student Parking Permits will be required for parking at Golden West College beginning September 12, 2023. Daily or visitor parking permits will be required. Permits will be required, and your car will be ticketed for not having a permit. Golden West College has replaced physical parking permits with Virtual Permitting. There is no physical permit to be displayed.  You would only need to register the vehicle(s​) that you typically drive to campus, then your vehicle license plate will be counted using license plate recognition (LPR) as your parking permit.

Be sure to follow all other parking regulations and only park in the Handicapped spaces if you have the appropriately issued placard. Do not park in the Fire Lanes marked by red painted curbs as they may result in a parking citation.

Please continue to check our How to purchase your parking permit for the latest updates on parking.

General FAQs | Parking FAQs

General FAQs

Do I have to buy a permit to park at GWC?
Do I have to buy a permit if I ride a motorcycle or moped to school?
If I already bought a permit for my car, do I have to buy another one for my motorcycle / moped?
I attend weekend classes; do I need to purchase a parking permit?
Where can visitors park?
I received a citation, and I don't think it is fair. What can I do?
I purchased a new vehicle. Do I have to buy a new permit?
I am disabled and have a disabled placard from the DMV. Do I also have to buy a permit?
I have other questions about parking. Where can I go to get them answered?
Where can I park my bicycle?
What do I do if I discover damage or theft to my vehicle?
My car won't start and I think the battery is dead will someone help me?
I accidentally locked my keys in my vehicle. What should I do?
My vehicle is disabled and I will need to leave it on campus overnight. What should I do?
Does GWC offer an escort service?

Parking FAQs

What is Virtual Permitting?
How will Virtual Permitting work?
How does LPR work?
What will I like about Virtual Permitting?
Environmental Impact/Sustainability?
How will this be enforced by Campus Safety?
How will my license plate information be used?
How will Motorcycle permits be handled?
I am disabled and have disabled placard from the DMV. Do I also have to purchase a permit?
Will there be a permit that designates faculty and staff?
Will I receive a citation if my license plate is dirty or if I have a decorative cover?
Where can I find my online parking account to register my vehicle information?
What if I own more than one vehicle?
Where is my permit required?
What if I get a new license plate?
What if I have a personalized plate or special characters/symbols?
What happens if I do not have a virtual permit when I park? Will I receive a citation?
What happens if I don’t have access to a computer or phone?
What if I do not have a front license plate?
What if I have two vehicles listed on my virtual permit?
What if I have a brand-new vehicle?
What if I have a loaner vehicle or rental car?
What if two people have both purchased virtual permits, but also share the two vehicles?
Can I allow another person to use my virtual permit?
Can I park overnight on campus?