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Temporary Parking Permits

Temporary General Permits Temporary Overnight Permit Request


The NIH Employee Transportation Services Office (ETSO) issues temporary permits for employees who participate in all forms of transportation. These permits are typically authorized in General parking areas. However, if an individual is eligible for preferred (Red) parking, the permit will be issued with the same privileges as a preferred parking permit.

NIH Transhare and Vanpool Subsidy members who work on the NIH campus can print their temporary permits by accessing the Commuting and Parking System (CAPS).  Please be sure that the computer is connected or has access to a printer.

NIH Parking Members can obtain a temporary permits in person at the ETSO/Parking Office (Building 31, Room 1A11, Monday through Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM) or email request to the ETSO/Parking Office.

Temporary Permits - Transhare and Vanpool Members

NIH Transhare members are permitted to receive up to 6 permits per calendar quarter and NIH Vanpool members are permitted to receive up to 12 permits per calendar quarter. 

  • Request permit online by logging into CAPS, select "Print Temporary Permit," and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Employees who do not have access to CAPS and need a temporary parking permit, email your request to the NIH ETSO/Parking Office, include information below.  Please submit request two business days in advance.

NIH ID:
First and Last Name:
Requested Permit Start Date:
Request Permit End Date:
Building/Room of Employee:
License Plate:
State:
Year, Make & Model:

Temporary permits are only available for employees with duty location on the NIH Bethesda Campus.   

Temporary Overnight Permit Request - Official Government Travel 

Parking on the NIH campus for more than 24 hours is prohibited, unless on official government travel. Temporary Overnight Permits will be issued no more than two weeks in advance of the requested travel start date. 
Only employees assigned to the NIH Bethesda main campus can obtain an on-campus Temporary Overnight Parking.
  • Request Temporary Permits online through CAPS. Requester will print the permit online once the request is approved.  Login into the CAPS and follow steps below:
    • Step 1: Choose "Request Temporary Overnight Parking Permit", follow the online prompts to submit the request;  
    • Step 2: Email a copy of the approved Travel Authorization to nihparkingoffice@ors.od.nih.gov for verification.

If your request was submitted successfully, you will receive an email confirmation. Once ETSO staff verifies proper documentation for your request, you will receive a second email with your approval details and instructions on printing the permit.

Alternatively, support staff can request temporary overnight parking permits on behalf of the travelers and supervisors by emailing the NIH ETSO/Parking Office with the below information and a copy of the employees approved travel authorization.   

NIH ID:    
First and Last Name: 
Requested Permit Start Date:
Request Permit End Date:
Building/Room of Traveler:
Location vehicle will be parked:
License Plate:
State:
Year, Make & Model:

*Be advised, these requests may take longer to process and may require the permit to be picked up in person at the ETSO/NIH Parking Office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:00PM, located in Building 31, Room 1A11.