Parking Coupons (discontinuing in 2020-21) 

Coupons are being phased out as Twin Cities parking facilities are updated with new parking equipment. Departments can offer a similar service with the new validations program, which authorizes departmental personnel to issue validations, monitor use, and create reports of activities and charges using the J4M website or app. See the validations program for details.

  • Coupons can be used only at facilities that are not yet updated with new parking machines. See estimated update completion dates and current status of each facility. 

  • New validations can be used only at facilities where new parking machines are in service.

  • There will be several months during which coupons will function at some facilities but not at others. Eventually, all sites will be updated to accept validations only.

Request a Refund for Prepaid Coupons 

If you are unable to use your prepaid coupons, request a refund for those remaining.

  • Departments: Submit the Prepaid Coupon Refund Request form. PTS will collect the coupons and issue a refund to the EFS chartstring with which the coupons were originally purchased.

  • Non-departmental customers: Email ptsvalidations@umn.edu for assistance.

  • Note: Prepaid coupons have a coupon # of 874, 878, or 879 printed on the bottom. Any other coupons you might have are departmental coupons.

Dispose of Departmental Coupons

Departmental coupons are billed upon use and therefore should be disposed of securely, such as by shredding.


Prepaid Coupon Program (discontinuing in 2020-21) 

Note: Prepaid coupons are being phased out, but they can still be used at public parking facilities not updated with new parking equipment. 

Most departments purchase prepaid coupons that pay for visitor parking. These coupons are valid at any University public parking facility.

There are two levels. The $6 coupon will be valid for parking for up to 4 hours.  The $12 coupon will cover an individual’s parking for up to 24 hours.

Cost Parking Time It Covers
$6.00 per coupon 0 to 4 hours
$12.00 per coupon 4.01 to 24 hours

Departments can order prepaid coupons. It is encouraged for departments to purchase these coupons with an EFS chartstring. PTS will process the request and coupons can be picked up or delivered via courier service within 7-10 business days.

If you have a special situation that requires you to order coupons, please email parking@umn.edu.

Departmental Coupons

Note: Departmental coupons are being phased out, but they can still be used at public parking facilities not updated with new parking equipment.

For departments who previously had a significant history of VIP stamp use, PTS has a second coupon that is billable through EFS. This particular coupon tracks the actual time parked and bills the department's account at the end of each month.

How Coupons Work

  • Your department can mail coupons out ahead of time or hand them out at your office/event.
  • Your guest pulls a ticket to enter the facility.
  • When a guest leaves, he/she will insert that ticket into the machine at the exit AND they will follow it up with the coupon.