Parking Permits

College of Marin Parking Permits – Transition to Virtual Permit System Starting August 15, 2022
Instructions for How to Buy a Virtual Parking Permit
Frequently Asked Questions / Preguntas Frecuentes

All parking prices are subject to change via Board policy. Student and Staff parking are provided at both the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses. College staff is provided a staff permit, which allows parking in designated staff areas. Students wishing to park in student parking lots must have a valid parking permit. A student may purchase a semester permit, good for the entire semester; or may purchase a daily permit, good only for the date of purchase.

You may purchase your parking permits online

Permits must be clearly displayed or you will be cited.

Daily $4 Permits

Daily permits should be placed on the top of your dashboard, just in front of your steering wheel. A daily student permit is good in any student lot, on both campuses for the date the permit was issued.

Daily student permits are $4 per calendar day, and may be purchased as follows: 
As an alternative to purchasing a semester parking permit, you may pay a $4 (subject to change) daily parking fee through parking permit dispensers (which accept quarters and dollar bills) located throughout the parking lots at both campuses. Parking permit dispensers in Lot 6 at KTD and Lot 1 and Lot 2 at IVC accept $1, $5, $10, $20, and credit cards, all other machines accept credit cards and exact change only. The inability to get a permit from the machine is most often due to operator error. Read the instructions on the machine. In any event, if a machine is not working, there are several others on campus and it is your responsibility to purchase a permit from another machine. Report any machine malfunction immediately to the police dispatcher at 415.485.9696. The college highly recommends purchasing a semester permit. It will save you time and money.

Starting Fall 2022, daily permits may be purchased online by going to If you are a currently enrolled student, you will be able to log in with your MyCOM credentials to access your account. If you are not currently enrolled, you will need to create an account first, and can then purchase your daily parking permit. Permits can be purchased in advance, but refunds are not available for daily parking permit purchases.

Student Semester Permits

Student semester parking permits are now virtual and associated with your vehicle license plate. If you drive different vehicles to campus, please ensure that you have the correct vehicle active on your account when you arrive on campus.

Possession of a parking permit does NOT guarantee you a parking space. If the lot is full, you must try another student parking lot. Before purchasing a daily permit, always find a legal parking place first.

Disabled Persons Vehicle

Vehicles displaying the proper Disabled Person Placards or license plates may park in any student or staff space without the need for a student permit. The college has several Disabled Person Parking Areas, which are marked with the traditional blue sign and symbol. Disabled persons are encouraged to use those areas. Use caution when parking, and do not park on any areas blocked out next to the disabled parking or any area marked “No Parking”.

Semester Student Permits may be purchased as follows:

The semester parking permit may be purchased online from the link within your student MyCOM Portal for $46 (subject to change), or at the Cashier's Office at the Kentfield Campus for cash or check payments. Proof of enrollment and valid identification required (only one permit per person). Summer session permits are $29 (subject to change). Students receiving Financial Aid are permitted to purchase parking stickers at half price. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 415.485.9409 to see if you qualify.

Electric Vehicle Parking

Parking permits are required when utilizing the Electric Vehicle Chargers in parking lots 12 (KTD) and 1 (IVC).

Permits are numbered and registered when sold. Do not purchase permits from classmates or any other source. If you are approached by an individual wishing to sell a permit they no longer need, contact the Police Department at 415.485.9455. The permit you purchase from a stranger may be reported as lost, stolen, or counterfeit, and therefore be worthless. Students have been arrested for possessing lost, stolen or counterfeit permits. This charge is a felony.

Staff Permits

Staff Permits are issued to regularly employed college staff and must be replaced every other October. Starting Fall 2022, staff parking permits are now virtual and associated with your vehicle license plate.  Permits are ordered through your employee MyCOM Portal. If you encounter an issue with your account, please contact the Police Department at ext. 7455 for assistance. Student hourly employees are not eligible for staff permits.

Free Parking

Kentfield Campus Parking Lot 13 is designated as free parking. Lot 13 is by the Physical Education Building, past Lot 12. You may park there without a parking permit. This lot is not paved and contains loose gravel. There are no lights at night. You must park facing the logs or boulders in the lot. Vehicles not parked facing a log or boulder will be cited. There is no parking between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m in Parking Lot 13. Parking Lot 12 is free after 5 p.m.

Upper Parking Lot 5 at the Indian Valley Campus in Novato is designated as free parking. The area is designated with yellow lines painted on the ground. If the free parking area is full, visitors must use another lot and purchase a parking permit.


Motorcycles displaying proper license plate registration do not need a parking permit, provided they park ONLY in motorcycle parking areas. These areas are clearly marked and posted. They are located in Kentfield Campus Lots 1, 7, and 12; and in Indian Valley Campus Lots 3, and 5. A motorcycle found in a vehicle space without a permit will be cited. A motorcycle found outside of a marked space will be cited.

Visitor Parking for Official Business

If you are an official visitor to College of Marin, with an appointment, you may be eligible for a temporary one-day parking permit. Contact the person you are meeting with, or their department administrative assistant to see if you are eligible for this permit. You will be given the permit, which must be displayed on your vehicle during your meeting.

All Other Visitors

Indian Valley Campus lots 1 and 2 have 3 one hour spaces. There is also a 10-minute child care drop off in lot 5. No permit is necessary for these spaces.