NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Roughly 4,000 residents had traded their old hang-tags for new digital parking permits by the end of July, according to the New Brunswick Parking Authority.

The agency's executive director, Mitchell Karon, recently provided an update on the digital permitting program. New Brunswick launched that initiative in June, requiring residents who use on-street parking permits to switch to the new system.

“We are expecting a much larger demand when August rolls around and students start coming back to the city,” Karon said.

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Rutgers University students who live in off-campus apartments often apply for parking permits in neighborhoods where they're required. But Karon noted that the program is for all tenants, not just students.

The parking authority anticipates doling out 7,000 digital permits, Karon said. That's a leap from May, when registration opened and 500 people had signed up.

The new residential permitting system kills the need for hang-tags. Instead, parking enforcement officers verify someone's parking status by scanning a vehicle's license plate.

People who live in neighborhoods where permits are necessary could receive tickets if they fail to upgrade, according to the authority's website. Those who incorrectly write their license plate numbers may also receive summonses.

For more information, check the authority’s website or call the 24/7 help hotline at 844-509-2708.