Automobile Travel

Current Mileage Rate

1/1 - 12/31/17 - $.535 per mile
1/1 - 12/31/16 - $.54 per mile

Optional Student Mileage Rate

1/1 - 12/31/16 - $.25 per mile

Personal Car Mileage Form

Use of your Personal Car for Business Travel

  • If you drive your own car on University business, you are reimbursed the applicable rate for each mile driven.
    • Compute mileage using Google Maps, or your actual odometer readings.
    • Separate "point-to-point mileage" (getting from here to there and back again from "vicinity mileage" (going around at your destination). For vicinity miles, use your odometer reading and enter a description.
    • The Miles in TEM are referred to as “units”. 
  • If you choose to drive your own car instead of flying, you are reimbursed the applicable rate for each mile driven up to the state contract airfare (if there is no contract fare, the lowest available coach fare) for the same trip.
    • Compute the mileage as described above.
  • You are responsible for your own car insurance. If you are in an accident, your insurance is the primary coverage .
  • Daily commute transportation expenses between the traveler's official residence and official duty station is a personal obligation of the traveler and is not reimbursable by the state. All other miles driven on official state business are reimbursable.
    • Working during hours or days that the employee is not normally scheduled to work does not entitle the employee to reimbursement for transportation mileage expenses incurred between their official residence and their official duty station.
    • When an employee is assigned to work at more than one location within their official duty station, they may be reimbursed only for the local miles driven between the work locations.

The following diagram depicts reimbursable and non-reimbursable privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage:


FM Vehicle Lease

Enterprise Car Rental Contract

Enterprise Office (Bellingham) 1852 N State St., 360-733-4363

To Rent the Car:

See Enterprise Car Rental - Details

Important Note: 12 Passenger Vans must be rented by phone through the store.

While you have the car

  • Keep track of your gas and parking expenses. Receipts are required for all gas, and for parking expenses over $50.
  • If your rental car is in an accident, follow the Enterprise guidelines given to you when you picked up the car.
  • Re-fuel to the top of the tank prior to returning the vehicle to avoid fuel charges.

When you get home

  • Attach the itemized car rental receipt reflecting payment and any additional receipts for expenses over $50 to your TEM Travel Reimbursement (TR).


Important note: Vans with a capacity of 10 or more passengers may not be driven into Canada. If traveling to Canada with 10 or more people, please use multiple minivans.

Other Car Rental Agencies

If you rent from another agency please use your Western Corporate Travel Card. If you do not use your Western Corporate Travel Card for payment, get the collision/loss damage waiver insurance.


For shuttles in western Washington, contact Airporter Shuttle at 360.380.8800

Zip Car

Western Washington University has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area.  Learn more and get started at .

As a member you get:

  • Access to Zipcars 24/7.
  • Discounted hourly rates for faculty, staff and students age 18 and older: rates start at just $7.50/hour or $69/day.
  • Gas, insurance and maintenance are included for free!
  • Join for only $25 a year, and receive $35 in driving credit your first month.
  • Membership is free for University departments.  Apply Now with University Travel Card.

To use Zipcars

  • Simply register as a member,
  • Reserve a car online or by phone,
  • Use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away.
  • When you’re done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up.
  • Use your Zipcard to lock the car.

For full information visit or look for information in the Co Pilot book located in the zipcar glove box.

Zipcars are located: 

2 Cars: 11G parking lot on High Street, between the Performing Arts Center and High Street Hall. Look for the Zipcar signs in the row nearest the PAC.
2 Cars: 23V Campus Services Building


Parking a Zipcar in any campus location other than the designated Zipcar parking spaces requires the appropriate university parking permit.


Look!Please review the Required Basic Driver Safety Program before driving a vehicle on behalf of WWU for Official University Business.

Page Updated 01.09.2017