Vehicles that have been issued 5 or more unpaid parking violations that are past due 21 days are in violation of CVC 22651 (i)(1). Barnacles are installed on the vehicle's windshield to immobilize the vehicle until the vehicle owner pays all associated fines. A vehicle boot will be applied in cases that the front windshield has pre-existing damage preventing the application of a Barnacle device.

Per CVC 26708(a)(1): A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed or applied in or upon the windshield or side or rear windows. Moving a vehicle that has been immobilized, including moving the vehicle off campus, will result in immediate towing at owner's expense.

The Barnacle provides timeliness to those who have had their vehicles immobilized as you no longer have to wait for Parking Services to open or for an officer to respond remove a vehicle boot. Simply pay your citations, enter in an access code, remove the Barnacle and return it to one of our four conveniently located drop boxes.


You may call Barnacle’s 24/7 toll-free line at 1-833-623-1445 or visit their website, or download the Barnacle mobile application on your smartphone from the Google Play or Apple AppStore and follow these instructions.

To release the Barnacle, a $300 deposit is required. This deposit will be refunded after the Barnacle has been released and returned to a designated Barnacle drop-off box. Failure to return the Barnacle device to a drop-box will forfeit the Barnacle deposit. For drop-off box locations, please view our campus map.

Upon successful payment and removal of the Barnacle, the motorist is required to return the Barnacle device within 24 hours to one of the four drop boxes located on SDSU campus. Should the motorist not return the Barnacle device, they are personally liable for the cost of the device. The Barnacle devices are University Police Property and any theft or damages to the device will be investigated. Any damages or stolen devices will result in applicable fees as defined by the Barnacle’s legal terms and conditions. Please see the following campus map for Barnacle drop box locations.

Drop boxes are conveniently located at the Chemical Sciences Laboratory, near the Parking Information Kiosk, at Parking 3 level 1 north near the pay station, at Parking 7 level 2 north near the pay station, and outside of Parking 12 level 1 north, across from Recreation Field 103.  Please see the following campus map for on campus drop off locations.

Barnacle devices must be returned to a drop box within 12 hours of removal. Failure to return the Barnacle device will result in forfeiture of the deposit.

Moving a vehicle that has been immobilized, including moving the vehicle off campus, will result in immediate towing at owner's expense. All Barnacle devices are equipped with tamper/motion-activated alarms that activate and notify University Police in case that a driver attempts to move the vehicle.  Any attempt to remove or damage a Barnacle device shall make the offender liable and may subject the offender to criminal and financial penalties.  San Diego State University assumes no liability for loss or damage to this vehicle or its contents while immobilized.

All parking fines and associated fees must be paid within 48 hours of deployment or the vehicle may be towed, additional fees may apply.

A boot or Barnacle fee of $150 is assessed in addition to total parking fees, which is associated to the administrative time needed to complete the immobilization process.

Anyone needing additional assistance may contact Parking & Transportation Services during normal business hours, Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm at (619) 594-6671 and request assistance of our team.  We will gladly report to your location, assist you with the process and take the device with us.