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Can I deduct carpool fees from my tax return?

Yes! If you elect to have the fees deducted from your payrool, you will not be taxed on them. Click here to download the form.

How much does it cost to carpool?

The cost of carpool permits is $301.50/semester, or $67.00/month, which includes the 10% LA city tax. This is split among all members of the carpool.

Is there anything I need to include with my application?

  1. Photocopies of current registration and insurance for any vehicles that will be used in the carpool. Both items must have the expiration dates printed on them.
  2. Photocopies of USC IDs for each member of the carpool
  3. Proof of residency for each person in the carpool. (i.e. current utility statement, bank or credit card statement.

How do I apply?

You can download the carpool application online and return it to us.

What are the policies relating to carpools?

Please see our carpool policies.

I'm interested in carpooling. How do I find carpool partners?

USC conducts all rideshare matching on Zimride. Please see this site for more information.

I don't have a car. Can I still carpool?

Yes, it is possible to carpool even if you don’t have a car of your own; you simply contribute toward gas and other expenses instead of providing a vehicle.

What is a carpool?

The basic carpool consists of University staff, faculty or students sharing a ride together in a vehicle. This involves two to four co-workers or students from the same community driving together, rather than commuting in their individual cars.

Are there distance and time restrictions on carpools?

All members of a carpool must commute at least 3 miles and carpool 80% of the distance and time to qualify for a carpool permit.

If I carpool, do I have to do it every day?

A carpool can operate on a daily or occasional basis (once or twice a week), and may involve rotating the driving responsibilities.