Mobile Parking Payment

Mobile Parking Payment

The University of Iowa and the City of Iowa City partnered with the service PassportParking to allow for online and mobile parking payments for hourly parking spaces.

How it Works

  1. Download the app via Google Play or App Store or visit
  2. Create an account
  3. Enter the zone posted in the parking area or on the meter and space number posted on the meter
  4. Select your time




What is the app?

PassportParking is a payment system that offers customers the added ability to pay for metered parking through their phone. Customers can choose to download the application or to use the web-based version through a mobile browser. Simply enter the meter identification zone and number printed on a sticker or signage found on or near the meter.

Why use the app?

One word, convenience. After creating an account you don’t need to be physically present at the meter either to pay or extend your parking session. You can also choose to receive reminders when your time is about to expire, receive emailed receipts, and view your transaction history. The parking meters themselves will still accept the same payment methods they did before.

How will parking and transportation staff know when someone has paid?

The parking meter itself will not display payments made through the app. PassportParking feeds information immediately to our system so that parking and transportation staff can verify in real-time if a payment has been made.

Why offer mobile payment for parking?

We see this as a win-win for the university, the city, and parking customers. This app increases convenience for drivers as well as provides our office with real-time and historical data that can help with future planning. The app also provides our office with a new channel for communicating with drivers about special holiday hours or space closures.

Will using the app cost me extra to park?

No, there is no extra cost to app users. To provide the service, PassportParking receives a fee per transaction. UI Parking and Transportation has arranged with the vendor to pay this transaction fee rather than pass it along to our customer. We expect the total cost to be negligible and will be offset by efficiencies the new service provides.

Which parking meters will accept payment through the app?

All 800 of the university's parking meters will accept payment through the app. All Iowa City parking meters as well as the Chauncey Swan and Harrison Street parking ramp will also accept payment via the app. Customers should look for sticker or signage identifying it as a mobile payment meter or location.