Vehicle Registration & Parking Permits
Faculty and Staff
Any university employee who operates a vehicle on campus must register with the WPI Police Department annually effective August 1st. WPI Police Department is located at Founders Hall, lower level. The vehicle registration process must be accomplished within seven (7) working days from the effective hiring date. A registration form must be completed and signed by the employee and will be kept on file with WPI Police. All employees must rectify parking fines owed from the previous year prior to the issuance of the current year permit. Those employees who fail to rectify old fines will not be eligible to park within any campus parking areas. Permits without an expiration date are no longer valid.
The dates for registering vehicles will be announced and permits will be issued to undergraduate students at the Campus Center within the first two weeks of A-term. Additional dates and times will be announced for graduate students at the start of A-term to accommodate evening schedules. All eligible vehicles must be registered with the WPI Police Department and must display a current parking permit within the first two weeks of A-Term. A parking quick facts card will be giving to all students during the registration process. The college’s entire parking regulations are posted on the WPI Police website.
Students must reconcile all owed violations by the last week of March each academic year. All violations not rectified could result in students being placed on a hold.
Permit Registration Expiration
Employee’s vehicle registration expires annually on August 31st. Student vehicle registration expires annually on May 31st or under the following conditions:
- All registrants: upon revocation, transfer of ownership of the vehicle, or change of license plate number.
- Upon termination of employment at WPI.
- Upon termination of status as a student at WPI.
Cost for Permits
All commuter, graduate, and undergraduate students: $100 main campus, $350 East Hall garage.
After the first two weeks, permits will be available for all WPI Community members, between 8:00am and 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, at the WPI Police Department, located at Founders Hall, lower level. A valid driver’s license, vehicle registration certificate, and student/employee identification card are required when registering a vehicle.
First year students who live in residence halls are not permitted to park their vehicles on WPI campus property, unless they have been granted special permission by the Chief of the WPI Police (as a result of extenuating emergency circumstances). Individual requests for freshman parking will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A written request must be sent to Chief Cheryl Martunas, WPI Police, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280.
The specific nature of the circumstances must be indicated regarding a request for parking privileges. Work-related requests require a documented memo from a supervisor on official letterhead. These requests will be reviewed within two weeks of receipt, and a reply letter will be generated. If parking is approved, the letter must be brought to the WPI Police Department when applying for a permit.
Commuter students, who live outside a (verified) one-mile radius, may register a vehicle with WPI Police, obtaining an orange parking permit.
Pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L c.90 § 3, as amended by chapter 46 of the acts of 2003. This form must be completed by every nonresident enrolled as a full time student at a school or college in the Commonwealth who operates a motor vehicle in Massachusetts that is registered in another state or country during any period beginning on September 1st of any year, and ending on August 31 of the following year. This applies to students commuting from out-of-state to a school in Massachusetts and students temporarily residing in Massachusetts. The school will issue the required pemit, a decal sticker, which must be affixed to the uppermost center portion of the windshield. The penalty for a nonresident's failure to comply as required is up to $200.
Proper Placement of Permits for Students
All parking permits must be placed on the front windshield on the lower left corner on the driver’s side.
In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 90, Section 22B, anyone who abandons a motor vehicle—registered or unregistered—upon any public or private way or upon any property other than his own without the permission of the owner or lessee of said property, shall be fined $250 for the first such abandonment and $500 for each such abandonment thereafter. A conviction of a violation of this section shall be reported forthwith by the court to the registrar, who may revoke, for a period not exceeding three months, the license of the person so convicted, and if the motor vehicle is registered in his name or was last registered in his name, he shall be prohibited from registering another motor vehicle for one year, and no appeal, motion for new trial, or exceptions shall operate to stay the revocation of the license or the prohibition of registration. In addition thereto said person shall be liable for costs incurred by a city, town, or college in removing or disposing of such motor vehicle, including, but not limited to, towing, storage, processing, and disposal charges.