Required Customer Documents

To obtain a residential parking permit, every year an applicant must provide the following:

  1. Maryland driver’s license with RPP eligible address printed on it. MVA Change of Address card is also accepted.
  2. Current, Maryland vehicle registration with RPP eligible address printed on it.

Documents must be presented in person or uploaded online. A current vehicle registration is required for each vehicle for which a permit is requested.  

Permits are only valid for use by the vehicle with the license plate number issued at the time of sale. A replacement permit is needed upon a change of vehicle or license plate.

Below is an example of a valid MD vehicle registration.MVA issued vehicle registration is required

Residents who do not have the RPP eligible address printed on their MD driver’s license or vehicle registration must provide one of the following:

  1. MVA change of address card
  2. Proof of current student status (student ID, acceptance letter, or current class schedule)

New Maryland residents must present their out-of-state driver’s license and vehicle registration along with one of the following:

  1. Current lease (must be signed by all parties including the landlord)
  2. Settlement documents (must be signed by all parties)
  3. Closing disclosure (must be signed by all parties)
  4. BGE, Xfinity (or other internet service provider) pdf statement (no more than 30 days old) or the start of service letter

New residents will be issued a 60-day temporary permit to allow time to obtain a Maryland driver’s license and a Maryland vehicle registration.

Exceptions to obtaining a Maryland license and registration are:

  • Enrollment in a local educational institution 
    • Applicant must provide a copy of the school registration or student identification for the current year, with proof of residency, and current vehicle registration.  This only applies to students with Maryland vehicle registrations and a Maryland driver’s license
  • A member of the Armed Forces
    • Applicant must provide Armed Forces Identification Card, with proof of residency and current vehicle registration.
  • Sufficient notarized documentation to certify the exclusive use of a vehicle not registered in the applicant’s name.
    • Applicant must provide proof of residency and current vehicle registration.
    • If the vehicle's driver has the same last name as the vehicle owner, they do not need a notarized letter.
  • Dual residency 
    • See the provisions below.
  • Leased vehicles 
    • The leasing agreement (contract) must be presented with vehicle registration with proof of residency. Your vehicle may need to be registered in-state at your RPP address to be compliant with local/state laws.

Please Note: Maryland Law prohibits local authorities from issuing an RPP permit valid for more than 60 days to any vehicle registered outside of Maryland, unless the owner of the vehicle has obtained a Maryland MVA Nonresident Permit. A copy of the processed MVA Nonresident Permit application (form VR-111) must be presented to the Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) to obtain an RPP permit that is valid for more than 30 days. A Nonresident Permit must be presented along with any other required documentation. For MVA Nonresident Permit application information please contact the MVA office at (800) 950-1682.


Effective July 1, 2001, Maryland Law authorizes the Executive Director of the Parking Authority to issue a Residential Parking Permit to a person who owns and occupies a residential property in a residential parking permit area in the City regardless of whether the person has registered the vehicle in the State or has obtained a nonresidential permit.  To qualify, an applicant must show all other required documentation, proof of homeownership in the City of Baltimore (property tax bill), and proof of residence at their address outside their RPP area.  Customers must also provide:

  • Current utility bill for both properties that clearly identifies customers name.
  • If you own both properties, you must provide a current property tax bill for both properties

Off-Street Parking Requirement:

Areas 8, 9, and 37 have off-street parking requirements. If you have an off-street parking space, you are not eligible for a decal for the first car. If you have a second or third car you can get a decal if:

  • You present the registration for the vehicle parking in the off-street space (even though that car is not eligible for a decal).
  • The vehicle housed in the off-street space is being used by a current resident and proof of residency is provided (if the vehicle is registered in a non-resident's name, see the above section on driving a vehicle registered in another person’s name).
  • If you have more than one off-street space, you must follow the same process for each off-street space and show it is being used by a resident before decals may be released. 


Please call (443) 573-2800 or email us.

Temporary Permits

Temporary permits are provided as a courtesy to residents, allowing time to obtain the additional required documentation. Residents will pay the $20.00 permit fee and when they return with the required documentation, the payment will be transferred to the permanent decal. If you receive your temporary permit in person at the Parking Authority, the temporary permits must be returned with the formerly lacking required documents that necessitated the temporary permit to obtain a permanent decal. If the temporary permit is not returned, there will be a charge of $20 for the decal.

Temporary permits may also be issued in the following instances:

  1. A new vehicle is purchased and issued temporary plates. The temporary permit will expire on the same date as the temporary plates. Residents MUST obtain a replacement permit as soon as the permanent registration is received (hard plates). Residents will be at risk for citation because the plate number on the temporary permit will no longer match the vehicle.
  2. A notarized letter is required because the vehicle is owned by someone who does not share the same last name.
  3. Car rental – A temporary permit may be issued for up to 30 days at no charge.
  4. Short-term work- The resident must show a letter from their employer on company letterhead that verifies the specified work period.  The work period must be less than 60 days and proof of residence must still be provided.


All permits are $20 each except areas B (free) and 4 ($10) . The Parking Authority accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Check (in person only)
  • Credit Card
  • Money Order (in person only)


RPP decals must be permanently affixed to the lower left-hand corner of the vehicle's windshield. Decals must be affixed by the decal’s own adhesive to the vehicle for which it was issued. Display of a decal that is not affixed, affixed with glue or tape, or affixed through other temporary means, will be considered invalid and subject to fines and penalties and/or loss of privileges. Virtual permits are granted in some areas; therefore, no actual permit must be displayed in these areas.

Visitor permits are issued solely to residents for the use of visitors to their residence. Visitor permits must be displayed in full view, face-up on the driver's side of the vehicle's dashboard. Please refer to the reverse side of your Visitor Permit for more information and regulations governing the use of Visitor Permits.

Visitor Permits may not be laminated. Laminating a Visitor Permit will render the permit void. Vehicles displaying a laminated Visitor Permit may be ticketed or towed.

Permit Expiration. All permits, whether purchased at renewal time or through the course of the year, will expire on the date indicated on the face of the permit unless otherwise extended or voided by the Parking Authority of Baltimore City.