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General Information

Parking on the National Institutes of Health is managed by the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS).  

Parking permits may be requested online through the Commuting and Parking System (CAPS) or obtained at the Employee Transportation Services Office (ETSO), located in Building 31, Room 1A11.

Online permit requests will be mailed through the USPS (allow 5 - 10 business days) to the employee specified home address as detailed in CAPS.  Employees can also obtain a permit in person by presenting a valid NIH identification card and valid vehicle registration certificate (or copy) for each vehicle they wish to register.  Each employee can register a maximum of 3 vehicles.

Vehicles parking on the NIH campus, excluding visitor's vehicles, must display a valid NIH Parking Permit. This permit must hang from the vehicle's rearview mirror so that it is clearly visible through the windshield while parking at the NIH. The permit may be transferred between the owner's vehicles that have been registered to his/her account in CAPS. Employees who need parking on a temporary basis (subsidy program members, etc.) will be issued a paper placard permit that must be displayed on the driver's side dashboard while on campus.

For detailed information on how to apply, modify, renew, and/or terminate your NIH Parking Membership (NIH Parking Hanger), please visit the Application Instruction Page.

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Employees with Disabilities *NEW PERMIT*

Employees parking in handicap/disability parking spaces on campus, must obtain the new "Gold" Disability parking permit.  There will be a grace period for implementation, enforcement will begin October 1, 2018 by NIH Police.  

All handicap/disabled parking spaces are for persons eligible to receive NIH parking benefits. NIH employees who need to use handicap/disabled parking spaces must display a valid NIH issued disability permit. NIH permits can be obtained at the ETSO or online.

There are two types of disability parking permits: Permanent and Temporary.

*Note: Employees are allowed to have only one active NIH parking permit. If you already have a permit, you must return the current permit before you can apply for the Gold Permit. For more information, please contact the NIH Parking Office at 301-496-5050.

Permanent Permit:

Upon providing a valid state issued handicap registration card in the NIH employees name, an NIH disability permit will be provided. The permit will be valid for two years. Individuals will be sent courtesy reminders via email when their disability placard needs to be renewed.

"Gold" Disability parking permits may be requested online through the Commuting and Parking System (CAPS)

After logging into CAPS, choose "Enroll in Parking" and follow steps below.

  • Step 1: Verify work address, click Next (to update work address contact your Administrative Officer);
  • Step 2: Enter current  home address;
  • Step 3: Check the box under Disability Permit field;
  • Step 4: Enter State Issued Disability ID number and Expiration date (see examples below);
  • Step 5: Upload a copy of your state issued disability ID (Files allowed: .pdf/.jpeg/.png);
  • Step 6: Provide the number of days you will commute to work, vehicle information (click on plus button to add): year, make model, license plate no., type of vehicle (truck, car, etc.), type of engine (gas, hybrid, etc.). 
Note, if you do not qualify to receive a parking hanger, you will not see the option to "Enroll in Parking." 

A state issued disability registration card is the only authorized item to verify eligibility for a permanent permit and must contain the information as seen in the images below in the employees name (Maryland MVA and Virginia DMV examples provided). NIH permits are not valid in designated visitor parking areas (including handicap) or at any non-NIH location.

 Image of MVA diability certificationImage of DMV disability ID

Temporary Permit:

Employee who require a handicap parking permit for temporary reasons (i.e., broken leg, recovery from surgery, etc.), must present either a valid DMV issued temporary handicap registration, or an approved NIH Temporary Parking Request Form signed by Occupational Medical Services (OMS), located in Building 10, 6th floor. 

This is accomplished by an employee requesting a temporary disability parking permit through OMS. If approved, OMS will provide NIH Form 26-9 directly to the ETSO. Once processed, the employee will follow-up with ETSO to obtain the permit.  The permit will not exceed the stated expiration date on the temporary authorization.

 

*Parking in handicap parking spaces without displaying a NIH handicap placard are subject to having their vehicle towed and/or ticketed by the NIH Police. 

Visitor handicap spaces are no longer free on-campus.  Visitors with State issued placards may park in designated visitor lots and "Red" top meters spaces for an hourly fee.

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Visitor Parking

NIH offers limited visitor parking in parking lots, garages, and metered spaces throughout campus. All visitor parking areas charge at the following rates:

  • Garages and Lots: $2.00 for the first hour, $4.00 for the second hour, and $6.00 for the third hour. If vehicle exceeds 3 hours, a daily rate of $12.00 will be charged
  • Metered Parking Spaces: $2.00 per hour

*Rates also apply to all handicap visitors parking.

Please refer to the visitor map to find all lots that allow visitor parking. All visitor lots are managed by Mid Atlantic Parking, Inc., NIH Parking Services Contractor.

Visitor Validation Stickers/Monthly Passes:

While the NIH Parking Office does not issue permits or validations to visitors, Institutes/Centers, Divisions, Offices, and companies may purchase validation stickers and a limited number of monthly passes from Mid Atlantic Parking, Inc.  Mid Atlantic Parking Office is located in Building 31, Room 1E08 can be reached at (301) 656-9008. Purchases can be made by credit card.

Validation stickers will only be valid in visitor lots.  Monthly passes are valid in multiple multi-level parking garages around the campus and visitor lots. Please refer to the valid location(s) marked on the pass.


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Documents & Forms

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