Maps, Parking, and Transportation

Parking Permits (hang tags)

This webpage will give you most of the information you need for Parking at University of Southern Maine. Please check our Quick Answers and Detailed Answers webpages for more information. 

For any questions, concerns, or just not sure, please contact us at (207) 780-4718 or email us at usmparkingservices@maine.edu.  

Announcements:

Because of COVID: Bring your own pen with you when you come see us! And be prepared to fillout applications and forms elsewhere where social distancing is practiced.

Due to COVID Protocols

  • Public Safety will not be holding permits or allowing for pick up of permits and will only accept fully completed and signed applications, along with payment for Facilities Management, New Hires, Retirees, and Sodexo employees only. You will not be able to buy any other types of permits nor pay for any citations. You will have to do this through us or the Parking Portal.
  • On the Gorham Campus, there is no day or over-night visitor parking to visit residential students. 

⇒ Updated Information as of 4/2/2021 - Beware with the ongoing construction of the Portland Campus Development Project, parking on the Portland Campus for anyone will be limited. Do make the necessary time adjustments in locating a parking spot as not to be late for your class or appointment. More information coming as the construction developments. 

⇒ Did you buy a parking permit during the 2020 Fall Semester? If you filled out OR did not fill out the required Google Form at that time, contact us, we may have your permit waiting for pickup or to be sent to you. Email us asking about the permit with your name and USM ID# (7 digit) at usmparkingservices@maine.edu

Reminder:

You must have a valid and current parking permit displayed with color side facing outward hanging from your rear-view mirror when parked on campus, this includes being parked in the Parking Garage. If you do not, you will receive a citation. 

Parking Information

Information on Parking on USM Campuses. 

Guideline on Parking: students and employees may park on either Portland or Gorham campus from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm in their assigned parking lots with a current and valid parking permit.  

Portland and Gorham Campuses

All vehicles in University of Southern Maine (USM) parking lots on the Portland and Gorham campuses and the Parking Garage must display a valid and current USM parking permit, which comes in the form of a hang tag that must be hung from a vehicle's rear-view mirror, color side facing out. Keep in mind, a parking permit does not guarantee a place to park.

Lewiston Campus

No parking permits are required. However, students, faculty, and staff who also visit the Portland and Gorham campuses will need a permit to park on either campus. 

Current rate for student parking permit is $25 and valid for the academic year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31). Please fill out this form small pdf icon and either mail it to us, email us at usmparkingservices@maine.edu or come to the Portland office for your permit. 

Current rate for employee parking permit is $25 and valid for the calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Please fill out this form small pdf icon and either mail it to us, email us at usmparkingservices@maine.edu or come to the Portland office for your permit. 

 

To obtain a Parking Permit

Parking Permits are available at the following locations:

In person:

  • Portland Campus
    • As of 02/01/2021 - Our office is open for walk-ins, but you will follow the COVID Protocols in place. Bring your own pen and be prepared to fill out if not done already the application out in your car or another location on Campus that practices social distancing. 
      • You cannot fillout the appilcation in the Lobby, due to COVID Protocols in place, people enter and exit through the doors and use of the elevator. Only one person at our window at the time. You must wait in line outside next to the windows to us. 
    • Parking Services Office 
      Lobby of the Parking Garage on Level 1 (88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04101)
      Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Closed on Weekends. 
    • Email: usmparkingservices@maine.edu 
    • Phone: (207) 780-4718
  • Gorham Campus
    • As of 12/01/2020 - No Holds or Pickups & Employees of Facilities Management, New Hires, Retirees, and Sodexo may get their permits only.  Bring your own pen and be prepared to fill out if not done already the application out in your car. 
    • Public Safety Building
      38 Husky Drive, Gorham, ME 04038
      24 hours per day, year round 

Online (12/01/2020 preferred way):

  • Permits can also be obtained online through the Parking Portal.
    • Regrettably, First-Year Students, LAC Students, USM New Hires, Retirees, and Sodeco Employees can not use the Parking Portal. 
  • This online site can be found under the USM Quick Links on the left side at the home page of mycampus.maine.edu.
  • You must have your browser (example: Google Chrome) logged in or synced to your maine.edu account for the new COVID-19 guidelines and delivery options through the Parking Portal.
  • Before you logoff or close your web broswer make sure you click on the Googlr Form toward the top of the page called Payment Receipt for the Google Form that is tailored to you, which lets us know you brought a permit and where to mail it to. 

The Portland small pdf icon and Gorham small pdf icon Campuses have selected parking lots based on your permit type. For a complete list, click here small pdf icon

Please note that the Parking Garage on Portland's Campus is available for students, employees, and visitors. 

Plate class is what your type of plate you have on your vehicle. 

Maine has many different plates in circulation.

 ~ For example, have you seen this Maine plate with a farmer and child on it? 

Maine's Agriculture Specialty Plate

This plate is a way for people to promote and/or support the education of Maine's Agriculture.  

⇒ You will find your plate class to the left of your plate number on your vehicle's registration (upper right hand corner) as shown below.

Maine Registration Sample - Location of Plate Class

⇒ Don't have your vehicle's registration next to you?

Check out the following:

  • Here are Maine's Popular small pdf icon ones.  
  • Here are a few other types small pdf icon.
    • How to find your vehicle’s plate class information for the parking permit application: find your plate on this PDF and the red two letters to the right of the photo to use. 
  • Still not seeing your plate type? Check out Maine's BMV for the full list

Are you driving a vehicle registered in a different State than Maine?

Unfortunately, if your State offers different type of plates like Maine, this information can not be added to your vehicle's record with us, as the Plate Class field is arranged to Maine's Plate Class types only. 

~ As such, for all Out-of-State (non-Maine) plates, use PC as your plate class. 

Visitor Parking

Vistor Parking is considered short-term parking, which may include, staying overnight on the Gorham campus, attending an athletic event on the Gorham campus, visiting an office, college, school, or department on the Portland or Gorham campus, or visiting the Maine School of Law on the Portland campus. 

For prospective students and their families, there is no cost for parking at USM. In Portland, the Parking Garage ticket will be validated by the office or department you are visiting. In Gorham, the Office of Admissions has free parking available on Water Tower Road, near the water tower. 

All other visitors must obtain a temporary parking permit for short-term parking.

  • Term: Valid for 24 hours
  • Form: Forms need to be filled out in person at Parking Services Office in Portland or the Public Safety Office on the Gorham campus (you will need to know the license plate number of your vehicle) 

Update: Due to COVID, Parking Services is the only place you may get a temporary parking permit to use on Gorham Campus. You must either come to the Portland Office or contact us. 

 

 

Student Permits & Information

All students are required to display a valid parking permit with color side facing outward on rearveiw mirror in vehicles parked on the Portland and Gorham Campuses, including the Parking Garage.

  • Cost: As of 8/26/20, price is $25, if no Transportation Fee is assigned with a price on Student Bill. This fee may have been refunded to you; look for a - (negative sign) and your Transportation Fee.
  • Term: Valid for one yearly academic year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31), must reapply each year.
  • Online: We do perfer you to order your permit online, if possible. 
  • Form: (You will need to know the make, model, year, license plate number, plate class, and color of all your vehicles)

Mailing Information:

For students living off campus ... we will mail your permit via USPS. 

  • If using the Parking Portal, do not forget to fill out the Students Google Form found on the last page called Payment Receipt.
    • This will let us know a permit is sold and where to sent it. Without filling this out, there will be a delay in receiving your parking permit.  
  • If you filled out one of the above forms, make sure you have your current address on the form. 

 

For students living on campus ... we will mail your permit via USM Mail Services.

  • If using the Parking Portal, do not forget to fill out the Students Google Form found on the last page called Payment Receipt.
    • This will let us know a permit is sold and where to sent it. Without filling this out, there will be a delay in receiving your parking permit.  
  • If you filled out one of the above forms, make sure you have your current Dorm address on the form. 
  • Do check with Mail Services for further information. 

Transportation Fee is assessed to students registered for courses being held on the Portland and/or Gorham campuses. This funds all parking and other transportation related projects, as well as busing between campuses. When charged, access to a parking permit (hang tag) is included. 

In response to COVID-19 and the current mix of course modalities (procedures) for the 2020 - 2021 academic year, the Transportation Fee has been modified and the Parking Permit Fee was created. 

Transportation Fee for Portland and Gorham Campuses 

  • Students taking face-to-face (meets in-person every class) courses will be charged the Transportation Fee depending upon credit course load.
    • This includes any labs the student needs to take. 
  • This fee is located on the Student Bill with an assigned price.
    • You will see the Transportation Fee listed with a price (typically $55, $83, or $110). 
    • Make sure your Transportation Fee has not be refunded, look for a - (negative sign) with $ amount, if the full amount was refunded, then you will need to pay the $25. 
  • Those with a Transportation Fee will not be charged additionally for the Parking Permit Fee.

Parking Permit Fee for Portland and Gorham Campuses 

  • Students taking only Blended (does not meet in-person every class) or On-line courses will not be charged a Transportation Fee.
    • You may see the words Transportation Fee on the Student's Bill without an assigned price.
    • This fee may have been refunded to you; look for a - (negative sign) and your Transportation Fee.
  • However, a parking permit will be required if a student parks on either the Portland or Gorham campus.
    • This includes Resident Students; students living on campus.
  • The cost of this permit is $25. 
    • This includes On-line and LAC Students who need to come to either campus.
  • This fee cannot be charged to the student’s account and must be paid to Parking Services directly.
    • There will be a delay in receiving parking permit itself if permit is charged to student's account via the Parking Portal.

You will need to refer to your Student Bill in regards to the Transportation Fee being posted or not on your account before proceeding with the Parking Portal or filling out the paper forms, this includes the fee being refunded to you [look for a - (negative sign) and your Transportation Fee].

If you do not, there will be a delay in receiving your parking permit, as we check when you use the Transportation Fee option for payment method. 

  • Location of your Student Bill online that you need to look for is found by logging in to your MaineStreet, selecting Student Self-Service, then choosing Student Center. In your Student Center, look to the left of your screen for the Finances section. Select the Account Activity link, this is where you will check to see if you were charged a Transportation Fee and/or refunded the Transportation Fee. In some situations, there is a Transportation Fee without an assigned price, this means you will have to pay the Parking Permit Fee to Parking Services. 
  • Here is a handy guide PDF photo on how to locate the Transportation Fee on your Student Bill. 

Resident students, students living on campus, Residential Life (a.k.a. Res Life).  

Commuter students, students living off campus, USM Commuters

LAC students, students from Lewstion Auburn Campus, USM LAC

Graduate students, students taking higher course levels, Graduate Studies

 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Permits & Information

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), working along side with Parking Services, is happy to offer our OLLI students a parking permit. 

For further information beyond parking, please go to OLLI's website

You will need to mail your application to or drop it off at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, located on the 2nd floor in Wishcamper Center in room 210 on the Portland Campus.

Do not mail or go to Parking Services, this will cause a delay in receiving your permit. Parking Services processes permits' applications and enforces USM parking's rules and regulations.  

  • Physcial Address: 

        Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

        210 Wishcamper Center 

        44 Bedford St.

        Portland, ME 04104 

  • Mailing Address: 

        Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

        USM

        PO BOX 9300 

        Portland, ME 04104

  • Cost: $25
  • Term: Valid for the academic year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31)
  • FormOLLI Parking Permit Form  (you will need to know the make, model, year, license plate number, plate class, and color of all your vehicles) 

If you are a Retiree from USM, you will not need to buy this permit. Please see below to Retiree Permit for more information. 

Employee Permits & Information

All faculty and staff are required to display a valid parking permit with color side facing outward on rearveiw mirror in vehicles parked on the Portland and Gorham Campuses, including the Parking Garage.

For further information beyond parking, please go to HR's webpage. 

This permit is not for Graduate Assistants or Work-study Students. You must fill out a Student application. 

Permits will be available on December 1st for the new year. 

 We can accept your Application Form with payment by intercampus mail from USM Mailing Services. 

For Employees ... we will mail your permit via USPS or USM Mail Services. 

  • If using the Parking Portal, do not forget to fill out the Employees Google Form found on the last page called Payment Receipt. 
    • This will let us know a permit is sold and where to sent it. Without filling this out, there will be a delay in receiving your parking permit.  
  • If you filled out one of the above forms, make sure you have your current mailing address on the form. If you like it mailed to your Office, please make a note on the application. 

Note for current employees: If you have taken or taking a course or courses, our Parking software will convert you to a student. If you are on the Parking Portal and see yourself as a student, please email us at usmparkingservices@maine.edu with your ID number and if you are a full-time or part-time employee. We will manually change you back to employee so you can buy your correct permit online. 

For our newly hired employees, first ... Welcome!

Second, please fill out the form below and either mail it in to us, email us it, or come in person to the Parking Services office on Portland's Campus

You may pay over the phone to us at 207-780-4718, or fill out payment form included in the PDF or come to the Portland office.

Gorham's Public Safety at 28 Husky Drive will accept new hires application and payment, you must have the application completed with form of payment before arriving. 

Employee Permit Application Form  

Retirees of University of Southern Maine may apply for a parking permit each year. These permits will be the blue Employee hangtag.

Please fill out this application  and either mail it in to us, email us it, or come in person to the Parking Services office on Portland's Campus.

Retirees with a valid parking permit are allowed to park in the Garage and any surface lots on USM Campuses.

There is no charge for our retirees.

Parking permits from any UMS campus are permitted to park on any USM campus (surface lots only) in accordance with these campus guidelines, as long as the permit is valid and has not expired. 

To park in the USM Parking Garage for free, you must bring the ticket that you took to enter the garage and your UMS ID or UMS Parking Permit to the Parking Garage Office to be validated. 

This webpage was updated on 04/13/2021.