SMU ID or TollTag Required for SMU Parking Lots & Centers

SMU NTTA TollTagLast Spring, the Office of Information Technology and Parking and ID Card Services partnered to add TollTag entry for parking gates as an easier and quicker alternative to swiping your SMU ID Card to gain access. This week, SMU Buildings and Roads announced that starting on Monday, August 28, 2017, this system and a new touch-to-enter method using your SMU ID Card will be the only ways to get into the parking centers.

The original notice from SMU Buildings and Roads is below:

Parking Lot Access

Effective Monday, August 28, you must use your SMU ID card or registered TollTag to enter gated parking lots and parking centers on campus.  You must also have a current SMU parking permit for parking access.  Full parking enforcement will also resume on Monday, August 28.

 SMU ID Card Entry

NFC ID Card ReaderDifferent from the old mag-stripe, this reader communicates wirelessly and you no longer have to swipe your SMU ID card.  To present your ID card to the reader, hold your card flat against the face of the reader and hold it still for 2-3 seconds.  The reader will beep once, letting you know the card was detected, then either give you a red light (deny) or alternating green/red (permit) and the gate will open.

If you are denied access to your assigned lot, please park in the ungated U Lot on University Boulevard at Airline Road and contact the Parking and ID Card Services Office at parking@smu.edu or 214-768-7275 for assistance.  SMU ID card access to campus parking facilities is not active for 24 to 48 hours after an SMU parking permit is purchased on-line and the order is processed.  Please visit smu.edu/parkingservices to purchase your permit on-line.

TollTag Access

Toll Tags ExamplesAs an alternative to your SMU ID card, parking customers can now register and use their toll tags to enter and exit gated parking locations on campus.  Your TollTag will not be charged, the information is used only to identify you and your car when you approach the gate.  This doesn’t add access to additional parking lots, it just allows you to use your TollTag wherever your SMU ID card already has access.  You must still have a valid SMU ID card and a current SMU parking permit to register and use your TollTag for parking access.  To enroll your TollTag, click here.

Anyone who does not yet have a NTTA TollTag can get one at the Parking and ID Card Services Office, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Suite 216, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. New first time NTTA TollTag accounts can be opened for a standard $40, or $20 for infrequent toll road drivers.

Please contact the Parking and ID Card Services Office at parking@smu.edu or 214-768-7275 if you need a replacement SMU ID card, parking permit, NTTA TollTag or other parking assistance.


If you have any questions about these changes to parking, please contact Parking and ID Card Services Office at parking@smu.edu or 214-768-7275.

Published by

Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and for much of his career at the University had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at http://ianaberle.com.