Parking Violations

All parking violations must be paid or appealed within seven (7) days from the date of issuance. The fine is paid or the appeal process initiated online with the Parking Office. If a violation is not properly cleared within seven (7) days after issuance, a ten dollar ($10) late fee shall be added to the fine and the violator sent an overdue notice.  The fine amount for an expired meter violation is fifteen dollars ($15). All other fine amounts are printed on the violation. Effective on 7-1-12, a non-waiving administrative processing fee is applied to all parking violations not paid for within ten (10) days.   In addition, unpaid violations will cause withholding from class registration or other appropriate action. Longer delays will result in the use of a collection service and a judgment against you with additional fees.  Unpaid violations will be transferred to 54-B District Court where warrants may be issued and additional fees will be added . Partial payments are not accepted. Payment must be in full, including late fees, processing fee, and/or collection fees. If you have six or more unpaid violations your vehicle may be impounded under provisions of state law and local ordinance.

Please note that appealing a meter violation within 24-hours is done so at the fine rate of $15.00.

Ordinance and parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day 7 days a week except during official University holidays:

  • annual winter break
  • Thanksgiving
  • Labor Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Martin Luther King Day

Towed Vehicles

Vehicles may be retrieved, depending on the circumstances, from the MSU Police Department 24 hours a day seven days a week. Along with a tow charge, storage fees may be accrued. Any and all other fees and fines, including unpaid parking violations, must be paid before picking up the impounded vehicle.

The owner of a vehicle has 24 hours to claim their vehicle, after which a fee of $8.00 per day will begin. For example, if a vehicle is towed on a Monday, the owner has a grace period of one day (Tuesday) to claim the vehicle. The $8.00 fee would begin on Wednesday.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash, and personal checks will be accepted for all towed vehicles, except vehicles which are towed for outstanding violations. When a vehicle has been towed for outstanding violations, personal checks are not accepted.

A current and valid vehicle registration and driver’s license must be presented before the vehicle will be released.

Vehicles may be towed under the following circumstances:

Loading Zones: Vehicles which are parked in areas which are specifically designated as loading zones for over 10 minutes and do not have active movement around them.

Leased Spaces: Spaces which are leased for a specific permit number and vehicle.

University Service Vehicle Spaces: Spaces which are specifically assigned for University vehicles or service vehicles only.

Disabled Person Spaces (handicap): Spaces which are assigned for individuals with either a disabled person plate or placard.

Outstanding Violations: Any vehicle having six (6) or more unpaid ordinance parking violations.

Obstructing traffic, or parking in a fire lane:  Any vehicle obstructing traffic or parked in a fire lane may be towed.