Virtual Parking Permits (Annual)

Alhambra Virtual Annual Overnight Parking Permit FAQ


What is Virtual Permitting?

With Virtual Permitting the City of Alhambra will no longer issue physical parking permits to residents. Instead, residents will register their vehicle and license plate number when purchasing their permits. We will then use that plate number as your permit number. This system will make parking in the City easier for our residents, reduce the amount of waste from plastic and paper permits, and will be more efficient for everyone in the City.

How will Virtual Permitting work? 

Our Virtual Permitting System uses License Plate Recognition (LPR) software to create and verify virtual permits.

How will this be enforced by parking services?

Enforcement will use License Plate Recognition (LPR) to assist in enforcement. LPR works similar to a supermarket scanner with your license plate functioning as the barcode. When a vehicle parks on the street, the license plate is scanned and the numbers of your plate are automatically referenced against the parking database to verify a valid permit and parking privileges for the location. If the license plate is not associated with a valid virtual permit or the vehicle is parked in an unauthorized location, then a parking officer will review the vehicle and any possible permits and determine if vehicle is subject to a citation.

How will my license plate information be used?

The license plate information collected in this process will only be referenced against the parking database for the purpose of verifying City of Alhambra parking permits. The enforcement rules will not change because of this new technology, nor will information be shared or accessed by anyone other than Public Safety/Parking personnel.

All above information is subject to change without further notice.