Vehicle Registration and Permits
Please note that possession of a valid University issued Parking Permit (with the exception of Reserved Space Permits), does not guarantee a parking space.
Faculty / Staff and Sodexo
All faculty and staff (including Sodexo) employees who wish to park on campus must register their vehicles with the Department of Public Safety. Application forms are available at the Student Services Center. Upon completion of the application, faculty and staff employees receive a F/S permit. Faculty and staff employees may choose to purchase annual, semester or summer only permits. Faculty and staff permits are valid seven days a week from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m. in any commuter lot. The valid permit must be properly displayed from the rear view mirror facing outward. Vehicles not properly displaying a valid permit are considered unregistered and are subject to ticketing and/or towing.
Faculty and staff are reminded of the parking constraints on campus and as such are asked to arrive early in order to find a legal parking space. Parking illegally because the lot is full, other vehicles are parked illegally, or because the staff member may be late are not valid excuses. Overnight parking for faculty and staff is not available except for Residence Life live-in staff. If faculty or staff are traveling on official University business, they may receive a travel permit from the Public Safety Department allowing them to park their car overnight in Lot 4 or 29.
All students wishing to park on campus must register their vehicles with the Department of Public Safety. Application forms are available at the Student Services Center. Upon completion of the application:
Eligible students may choose to purchase annual, semester or summer permits. The permit must be properly displayed from the rear view mirror facing outward. Vehicles not properly displaying a valid permit are considered unregistered and are subject to ticketing and/or towing.
Athletic Facility Users
All non-University faculty, staff or student users of any of the athletic facilities must register their vehicles with the Department of Public Safety if they wish to park on University property. Application is completed when purchasing a Recreation pass at the Bell Center. Upon completion of the application, athletic facility users will receive an athletic permit. The permit must be properly displayed from the rear view mirror facing outward. Parking is available in Lot 4 only with this permit.
Handicap and Medical Parking Permits
Faculty, staff and student vehicles that possess state-issued handicap license plates or permits must still possess a valid Drake University parking permit to park on Drake property.
Temporary Parking Permits
It is the responsibility of students, faculty and staff to ensure their visitors and guests obtain temporary parking permits either prior to their arrival through the campus Eventbrite site or upon their arrival from the Department of Public Safety office located on 25th Street. The only exceptions to this rule are guests of the Office of Admission who receive their temporary parking passes from the Admission Office.
Temporary parking permits are also issued to vehicles that will only be on campus for a few days (up to two weeks). Temporary permits are issued for the following:
Decal and Permit Types / Cost:
Daily Commuter Students (Off Campus): Valid from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week in all commuter lots.
Faculty / Staff: Valid from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week in all commuter lots.
Resident Students: Valid 24 hours a day in all resident / overnight lots.
Evening Permits: Valid from 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. and all day on weekends in any commuter lot.
Day Visitor: Valid Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. in commuter lots; $7.50 / day
Residential Weekend Visitor: Starts Friday 5 p.m., ends Sunday 5 p.m. in residential / overnight lots; $35
Weeklong Residential Permit: 24 hours, seven days a week, residential / overnight lots; $50
Admission Permits: Valid seven days a week in lots 16 and 24; $0
Travel Permits: Valid 24 hours a day in Lots 4 and 29; $0
Vendor Permits: Valid Monday – Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. in all lots; $0
Ray Society: Valid Monday – Friday only in commuter lots 1 and 16
Vehicles may only be parking in clearly designated legal parking spaces. Areas posted with signs restricting parking (handicap, service vehicles, loading zones, fire lanes, etc.) must be observed and complied with. Parking in any travel lane, taking more than one parking space, blocking another vehicle, or parking on the lawn are all prohibited. It is neither possible nor desirable to post all areas on campus where vehicles may not park. Specifically, vehicles are prohibited from all lawns, except when specifically authorized. Driving or parking on any sidewalks or pedestrian ways is strictly prohibited. Parking regulations are in effect throughout the year (all 365 days), including breaks in the academic calendar.
Commuter lots are designated by signage and are available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Parking Violations and Fines
Standard parking fines are $25 with the exception of Fire Lanes which are $50 and Handicap Spaces which are $100. There is an automatic charge of $100 if a vehicle is towed or booted.
Definitions of Specific Violations
Payment of Fines
All fines are payable at the Student Services Center within 30 days of tickets being issued.
All vehicles towed are done so at the owners’ expense. Vehicles that have been towed require a voucher from Drake Public Safety prior to picking up the vehicle from the tow company. Any vehicle eligible for towing in which the owner returns to the vehicle, or the vehicle is moved before the arrival of the tow company shall be assessed a charge of the ticket plus $50. All outstanding fines must be paid in full.
Services Provided to Disabled Vehicles
Upon request, the Department of Public Safety will assist on-campus motorists with disabled vehicles by providing a jump-start and will provide assistance to those who have locked their keys in their vehicle when staffing permits. If Public Safety is not able to assist, we will provide a local business that may assist at the owner’s expense. Call the Department of Public Safety at 515-271-2222.
Parking tickets may be appealed within 14 days of receipt (date of the ticket). A Parking Ticket Appeal form is available at the Department of Public Safety office or here and must be completed. A ticket history, listing any previous tickets is then attached to the appeal. The appeal is reviewed and either approved or denied based on the facts presented and information available. The following are situations that are typically not accepted as valid extenuating circumstances for parking in violation of Drake University parking regulations:
An appeal based on:
Drake has two types of parking lots, designated by signage:
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