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Everything You Need to Know About Creating Parking Passes

Everything You Need to Know About Creating Parking Passes

If you want a secure facility, you can start with a secure parking area.

One of the easiest ways to track who’s coming in and out of your facility is with parking passes. A clearly designed parking pass is a highly visible way to identify anyone in your parking area, but your parking pass can do so much more than that.

In this post, we’ll talk about why parking passes are important, how they can enhance security, how to design an effective parking pass, and what you need to do to create a parking pass.

If you still have questions, contact ID Shop at 844-443-7467, ext 2.

What You Should Know About Parking Passes

A parking pass is a sticker or hangtag to be placed on a rearview mirror, printed with important information that identifies the driver of the vehicle in which the pass is located.

Parking passes should be highly visible. They can be made of a stiff material and are often laminated for durability. Parking passes can include numbers, text, barcodes and other symbols, along with a logo, the name of your company or other information.

Why Parking Passes Are Important

Parking passes can be a first line of defense in keeping your facility safe. They can save your employees or residents time when entering and exiting your facility, and reduce the manpower needed to monitor that process. Parking passes can help identify a particular car’s owner, should there be an issue in the parking lot. They can remind drivers which lots are accessible, and make it easy to identify which cars are incorrectly parked in a lot.

A parking pass system can assist with checking in students at school drop off, and also streamline the school pick up process. They can ensure parking is distributed efficiently across available lots, reducing congestion and full lots at peak times. Parking passes can reserve parking for residents, relegating guests to designated lots rather than taking resident parking spots. With a parking pass system, you can reserve parking for businesses or residents in areas with desired or limited parking. Parking pass systems can reduce congestion in busy areas by limiting parking to pre-assigned passes.

How Passes for Parking Enhance Security

With a clear design and color coding system on your parking passes, your security team can easily track who is on your property at any given time, and instantly notice who doesn’t belong. This layer of observation helps keep employees safer when working late or alone in your office. Should an emergency situation arise with a vehicle in your parking lot, a parking permit can help track down the car’s owner much quicker.

Choosing a unique design with added layers of security can reduce counterfeit copies of passes and help security quickly identify vehicles attempting unauthorized access to your parking lot.

Designing an Effective Parking Pass

Not all parking passes are created equal. A pass with tiny text, a crowded design or confusing coding can make deciphering the info contained on the pass difficult—or downright impossible—for security staff. A flimsy construction or poorly printed pass can shorten its lifespan, requiring costly replacement and hassle for both the person in charge of reprinting and the pass’s owner.

Parking passes are available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, from a small bowtie to a jumbo size hang tag. You can incorporate your company logo, slogan, a unique design and the year, among other options. The possibilities are endless, but don’t let that overwhelm you.

You can start with a pre-designed template and insert your company’s information, or you can create your own design from scratch. A parking pass doesn’t have to be boring—with a good design, you can include all the important info in an interesting or memorable layout that will stand out even at a distance.

Don’t forget that you can color code and print on both sides of the parking pass. Consider what type of information would make sense for each side in your design.

Make sure your parking pass design will fit the model of parking pass you choose. Closely examine the necessary specs and the preview, proofreading carefully, before purchasing your passes to avoid a costly mistake.

Research the company that will be doing the parking pass printing. You want to work with a reputable company, with high-quality products and satisfied customers, to make sure your money is well-spent.

A good interface on the company website also makes your process a little bit easier. Access to customer service can help ensure you understand all the steps in the buying process before making your purchase.

Creating Parking Passes

1. Before you create a parking pass, you’ll start by making a list of all the information you need to include on your parking passes. You’ll need to decide on a system for tracking, what info you want to use to identify drivers, and what symbols and codes need to be in the design.

2. Gather the data that needs to be included on the pass, such as name, parking lot letter or number, designations, and other stats. This can be saved in an excel spreadsheet, word document or other file format.

3. Choose (LINK: the hangtag or bowtie style that best suits your needs and your budget.

4. Work with a designer or use a template to create a stylish and clear design for your hangtag. Make sure the file is saved in a format that is acceptable to the printing company’s software.

5. Select your options and upload your art for each side of your parking pass.

6. Upload the data file.

7. Select your chosen quantity of passes.

8. Add the items to your cart.

9. Before purchasing from the parking pass maker, make sure to look over the preview of your pass, and ask for help if you have any questions. You can contact ID Shop at 844-443-7467, ext 2.

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