Mobile payment zones are available throughout campus to provide short term parking options. All of the campus mobile payment zone locations can be found on the Parking Map.

Effective November 2021, the university will remove parking meters throughout campus and replace them with mobile payment zones. Passport Parking is the current University and City of Iowa City mobile payment app for parking.

How it Works

  1. Download the app via Google Play or App Store or visit ppprk.com.
  2. Create an account if you are a first-time user
  3. Enter the zone number
  4. Enter your license plate
  5. Select your time (please note that time cannot be extended beyond the zone max)
  6. Confirm payment

Parking Durations

Maximum parking time varies from one to nine hours depending on the zone/location. Parking time cannot be extended beyond the maximum time displayed in each zone. If you need to park for longer than the zone allows, please use one of our Public Parking Facilities. Hawkeye and Finkbine Commuter mobile payment zones allow for all day parking sessions but can fill quickly during the work week. Mobile payment zone costs can be found on our rates page.   

Each zone is visibly signed with the maximum parking time allowed, the enforcement hours for each location, the mobile payment vendor info and the applicable zone number. An example of signage posted in all mobile parking signs is shown below: 

This image shows the parking zone number and PassportParking mobile payment information.
This image shows the parking zone number and PassportParking mobile payment information.
This image shows the enforcement hours, the maximum parking time allowed, and mobile payment information.
This image shows the enforcement hours, the maximum parking time allowed, and mobile payment information.

FAQ's

Passport Parking is a payment system that offers customers the added ability to pay for hourly 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 mobile payment zone number posted on signs in each zone location.

One word, convenience. After creating an account, you don't need to be physically present at the space to pay. You can also choose to receive reminders when your time is about to expire, receive emailed receipts, and view your transaction history.

Passport Parking feeds information immediately to our system so that parking and transportation staff can verify in real-time if a payment has been made. 

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.

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.