Motor Vehicle Registration and Fees

Anyone affiliated with the university as faculty, staff or student and wishes to park a vehicle in a university parking lot at any time of day or night, including after 4:00 p.m. weekdays, on weekends and during academic breaks, must register that vehicle with the Transportation and Parking Services office. Alumni and visitors coming to WFU more than once need to register their vehicle. For registration purposes, students, faculty, staff and alumni are defined as:

Student – Anyone enrolled in any class or program at Wake Forest University, including study-abroad programs. Unless formally withdrawn or graduated from the university, students are considered an active student.

Faculty – Assigned teaching responsibilities at Wake Forest University (Does not include students who are teaching assistants).

Staff – Non-faculty Wake Forest employee contracted to work on campus.

Alumni – Graduated from WFU and is not enrolled in a graduate program

Parking permits are not transferable from vehicle to vehicle or person to person. 

A person may be asked to relinquish a permit due to a change in the permit holder’s role at WFU or due to misuse of the permit.


Parking Options

  • First-year students are required to register their vehicle and park off campus in Lot Z5 in the designated area.
  • Sophomore students are required to register their vehicle and park off campus in Lot Z2, which is located on the north side of Polo Rd. Parking in the sophomore parking lot (Z2) is limited. 
  • Junior and senior resident students are required to register their vehicle.
  • Commuting upper-class students are required to register their vehicle and have the option to park on campus (on-campus commuter permits are limited and sold on a first-come first-serve basis), off campus (Winston-Salem First and the designated lot in Reynolda Village).  Commuting upper-class students may also purchase an evening permit. A waitlist will be available, if/when on-campus or Winston Salem First/Reynolda Village commuter permits sell out. If Transportation and Parking Services determines space is available in either of these areas at a later time. Additional permits may be offered to those on the waitlist, if your waitlist number is chosen. Students are encouraged to register for a permit, even if on the waitlist. There is no guarantee the waitlist will be honored.
  • The evening parking permit is available to those who ride the shuttle to campus from apartment complexes or students who otherwise reside in off-campus housing and walk or bike to campus between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. 

Fees for parking options can be found online during the vehicle registration process. All permits can be ordered online

Fines are assessed for violating parking regulations and range from $25 to $250. Visitors are subject to all parking rules and regulations. Students are responsible for their visitors. Students will be held financially responsible for citation fines issued to vehicles driven by family members or by friends who use a Wake Forest student’s vehicle. Visitors who plan to park on campus for more than one day require a visitor parking pass. Visitor parking passes can be obtained from the Transportation and Parking Services office.

The Transportation and Parking Services office is located in Alumni Hall, Suite 138. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Friday.  

For more information call 336-758-PARK or email.

Alternative Transportation

Wake Forest Transportation and Parking Services adopted an app that it encourages all shuttle riders to download and begin using immediately. The app, Passio GO, is designed to make the shuttle service more convenient for all riders. More information about our shuttles can be found online.

Deacon’s Downtown Shuttle

During the academic year, Deacons Downtown provides evening service beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. The last downtown pick up is between 1:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Service stops at 2am.


To register your bicycle, go here


Wake Forest offers a car-sharing program as an alternative to bringing your own car to campus. Zipcars are an affordable option that are available by the hour or by the day. Cars are parked on campus near the first-year residence halls.