Parking Regulations / Citation Appeals

Parking permits are required at all campuses. Parking permits are non-refundable once selected. Lost permits may be replaced at full cost.

For all parking related issues, please call 760.795.6674

Note: Parking Regulations are in effect on all days and hours when classes are in session, except Sundays. All traffic laws are in effect at all times.

Parking Rules on Campus

All portions of the California Vehicle Code are in effect for all moving and parked vehicles on campus at all times. The operation of a motor vehicle or bicycle on MiraCosta College property is a privilege granted by California Vehicle Code 21113.a and 22507.8 and Section 15801 of the California Education Code. For the purpose of enforcing parking regulations, all student, visitors, and staff vehicles parked on all campuses (OCN/SEC/CLC) must be registered with a parking permit or use the daily permit dispenser.

Parking Locations

At the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses, a vehicle registered to a student must be parked in a marked space in student lots (or along the perimeter road in Oceanside). Motorcycles must be parked in the spaces specifically marked for motorcycles, located in staff lots. Bicycles must be parked in bike racks. Guests and visitors must purchase a daily parking permit.

Student Parking Basics

Full-Time Staff, Faculty, or Associate Faculty Parking Basics

College Police Hours of Operation

(call the cashier at 760.795.6835 for Student Accounts operating hours)

Oceanside Campus: San Elijo Campus: Comm. Learning Ctr.
Mon-Thu. 7am-11pm Mon-Thu. 7am-11pm Mon-Thu. 7am-10pm
Fri. 7am-11pm Fri. 7am-7pm Fri. 7am-3pm
Sat. 7am-3pm Sat. 8am-4pm Sat. 7am-3pm

Summer hours may vary. The SEC Cashier's office is open from 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday; hours may vary during registration.

Decal Replacement for New Vehicles

If your primary vehicle changes during the semester, simply come in to the College Police office and update your vehicle information. For decal users, remove the permit from the old vehicle, bring in the pieces to College Police, register your new vehicle, and the permit will be replaced.

Decal Placement

All vehicles parked on any MiraCosta College campus must display a valid parking permit. Vehicles must bear a decal which must be properly displayed:

Failure to display the permit according to these guidelines can result in a citation. 

Traffic and Parking Citations

The MiraCosta College District police officers have the authority to issue traffic and parking citations where violations occur. Violations include, but are not limited to: improper display of decal, parking on campus without displaying a valid permit, reckless driving, speeding, ignoring stop signs, parking in unauthorized or reserved areas, and excess noise while operating a vehicle on campus. The campus speed limit in parking lots is 10 miles per hour.  Other speed limits are as posted.

Parking citations are $52.50 ($342.50 for parking in disabled parking spaces without a valid handicapped placard or license plate and $62.50 for an unregistered vehicle through DMV). These citations are kept at the College Police office for a period of 21 calendar days during which time the fine may be paid at the Cashier’s Office or at the Admissions and Records office at the San Elijo Campus. After the 21 days, the citation will be sent to an agency for collection and the fine will increase. If the fine is still not paid it will be forwarded to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV will refuse to register or re-register the vehicle until all outstanding citations have been paid in full or dismissed. Students are also subject to disciplinary action in cases of repeated violations. Traffic violation fines vary. These citations are processed by the local courts.

Grace Periods

Oceanside (OCN)  &  San Elijo (SEC) Students have 1 week from the first day of each semester (Late start classes do not apply). During this week, students may park only in student lots without a permit and will not be cited. After the grace period has expired, all students are expected to have their permits on their vehicle; any vehicles not displaying a valid semester permit will be cited. Do not park in staff or visitor lots; unauthorized vehicles will be cited. Community Learning Center (CLC) Students have a one week grace period from the first day of each term (2 terms per semester).

Payment arrangements for parking citations may be requested by completing the Payment arrangement form and taking it to the College Police station at the Oceanside Campus.

Disputing Citations

Parking citations may be appealed at the College Police Department offices within the first 21 calendar days from the date of issuance only. Appeals are reviewed by the Parking Citation Appeal Panel consisting of members of the Faculty, Staff and Student populations. The purpose of a review is to provide some additional information that the officer or PSO was not aware of at the time the citation was issued. All requests are to be returned to the MiraCosta College Parking office (mailing address: One Barnard Drive Oceanside, CA 92056) within twenty-one (21) days from date of issuance. It is imperative that you present a preponderance of credible evidence against the prima facie case presented by the issuing agency. Attach any documents you feel are necessary to help support your case (i.e.- copy of your disabled person ID, copy of a parking permit, etc.)

Once the citation review has been completed, you will be notified by mail of the results. This process could take up to six weeks. You are not responsible for the citation until the appeal process is complete however, you are responsible for contacting the parking office if you do not receive a response within six weeks. This document will be reviewed by members of MiraCosta College District Appeal Committee: One Faculty, one staff, and one student representative.

Please take note of the following:

Parking citations not paid or appealed within 21 calendar days will incur a $15.00 late fee. Citations will be sent to a processing agency for collection after 21 days. DMV registration of vehicle will be held until payment is made in full. Fines also increase once sent to DMV. Traffic violation fines vary depending on violation.

Skateboards, roller blades, and scooters are not to be ridden at any time on campus. (Safety Handbook, section 5.) Bicycles may not be ridden on sidewalks or paths; bicycles must be pushed to bicycle racks. Bicycles must be parked in racks provided in such a manner as not to obstruct sidewalks, paths, or vehicle flow. Racks are located in most staff lots. (Safety Handbook, section 5.) No animals are permitted on campus grounds. Exception: seeing-eye/service dogs. (Policy 8000.)

MiraCosta College accepts no responsibility for either thefts or damage to cars or contents of cars parked on campus. A student's own insurance should cover these matters. MiraCosta College does request that such incidents to be reported to the College Police Department.

If you have any questions regarding parking regulations, safety or security, call College Police at (760) 795-6674.

Public Transportation Information

MiraCosta College offers students a discounted monthly Compass Bus pass for $57.60. It is an adult Regional Monthly Pass and offers unlimited use on the SPRINTER Train, the BREEZE Busses, as well as the MTS and Trolley. They are available at the Student Accounts Office at the Oceanside Campus (Bldg. 3202) and at the Community Learning Center. The Compass Pass is only available to students enrolled in at least one class at MiraCosta College.

Oceanside Campus

The SPRINTER light rail train stops at the College Station every half-hour and connects with the BREEZE bus route 325 to complete the trip to the Oceanside campus. BREEZE Route 325 begins/ends at the Carlsbad Village COASTER Station. The schedule is coordinated according to the arrivals/departures of the SPRINTER.

The BREEZE bus Route 302 serves the Oceanside Campus seven days a week, running approximately every 30 minutes until 10 p.m.

Community Learning Center

BREEZE bus route 303 serves the Community Learning Center on Mission Avenue in Oceanside every 15 minutes until 6 p.m. and every 30 minutes until 11 p.m. BREEZE bus route 313 also serves this campus with hourly service on weekdays.