Frequently Asked Questions

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UMBC welcomes and encourages visits by our retirees to campus. We look forward to retirees joining us for lectures or campus events and also welcome you to join friends for a social visit over lunch or coffee. There are many parking options open for your visit.Pay to Park Spaces
Pay Stations for visitor Pay to Park spaces are ADA compliant and visitors with a disabled plate/placard will need to pay when parking in these areas. Visitor parking spaces are located at Administration Drive Garage upper level, Commons Garage first level, Walker Avenue Garage upper level, Lot 9 and Lot 7 on Walker Avenue. Visitor parking is $2.00 per hour and payable by MasterCard, Visa or exact currency, no change or refunds provided. Visitor parking is enforced Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Permits for Emeritus Faculty with Approval From Former Department
Some retirees with emeritus status were granted the privilege to park for free with a permit in D lots.  Parking permits can be renewed at no cost by emailing parking  Your emeritus letter will provide details of this benefit.

Gated Parking Permits
If upon retirement you were using a gated parking permit, that permit may be retained for the same garage for a fee of $100 per year.  To pick up your gate card, you must first visit the Parking Services office with a copy of your emeritus letter and the fee.  Mailing a check is also accepted as long as your campus ID is included on the memo line.  If approved, your vehicle can be entered into the virtual parking system and you will be permitted to park in the garage you were using at the time of your retirement.

Accessible Parking
All UMBC affiliates utilizing designated disabled parking must register with Parking Services by providing the placard/plate information, medical certificate, and picture ID. Registered individuals in compliance with state regulation may use designated parking only when a university parking permit is displayed with a State issued disabled license plate or placard on their vehicle. UMBC permit holders with handicapped parking privileges may park at any handicapped space on campus except for gated lots which are restricted to gate card holders.

Retirees may park for free at a visitor pay to park space on campus with their valid UMBC permit and disabled handicapped plate/placard displayed if a designated disabled space is not available.

Pay Stations for visitor ‘pay to park’ spaces are ADA compliant and visitors with a disabled plate/placard will need to pay when parking in these areas.

As required by State Law, drivers operating vehicles displaying state issued disabled license plates or placards must provide their state MVA disabled authorization form to Parking Services or Police enforcement officials upon request. The identified disabled person must be either the driver or a passenger in the vehicle.

Any fraudulent misuse or misrepresentation in the display of a State issued MVA handicapped parking privilege and related placards, tags or supporting documentation, while using a UMBC disabled parking area constitutes and establishes the same violation as handicapped parking without a permit and will be charged as handicapped parking without a permit.

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If you retired on or after January 1, 2019

  1. Log onto myUMBC
  2. Click – Forgot My Password
  3. Follow Prompts

If you retired prior to January 1, 2019

  1. Email to Request Access and include your full name and birth date
  2. An email will be sent to you when email has been activated
  3. Log onto with your campus ID
  4. Follow Prompts

In 2020, UMBC replaced the red ID card with a new black and gold ID. Retirees interested in having a new ID card may go to the Campus Card office on the first floor of the University Center (near the post office) to obtain a new card. Cards will be available March 1, 2020. You may have a new photo taken and your card will be printed on the spot. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.ID cards for retirees had to be specially printed as the template was modified and the card cannot be used for government identification.  With this in mind, there will be a $10.00 discounted fee for retirees the new card. Campus Card does not take cash or credit card payment. You may add $10.00 to your red card to cover the fee.

Log onto

  1. Click “Profile” at the top of the page.
  2. Click “Campus Card – View More.”
  3. Check your Retriever Dollars balance to see if there is at least $10 available. If not, proceed.
  4. Click “Deposit Here.”
  5. Under “Account,” select “Retriever Dollars.”
  6. Complete the amount with $10.00.
  7. Complete email address.
  8. Click “Continue to Payment.”
  9. Complete the Billing Information and Payment Details and click “pay.”

Retirees who already have the black and gold card and want to update their photo may do so at no cost.  You may also provide a photo and there will be no additional cost.  Guidelines for providing your own photo are as follows:

  • It must be a recent photo (taken within 1 year).
  • The photo must be in color taken against a solid white, off-white, or lightly colored background.
  • The photo must be from the top of shoulders to top of head with some blank space above the head and top edge of the photo (similar to a passport photo).
  • The photo must be straight-on and eyes looking directly at the camera (no profile or angled pictures).
  • This picture is for identification purposes. The picture must clearly identify your person. No hats, sunglasses, camera flash reflections, red-eye, lens flares, filters, animals, props, additional persons, or jewelry or garments that obstruct a clear view of the face.
  • Photo must be in JPEG format only.

Campus ID cards are used to borrow books from the library, obtain the senior discount at many arts performances, gain access to the RAC (emeritus only), and to participate in some campus activities. Most Wisdom Institute activities and programs do not require ID.