Disability Access License Plates (including Disability Access Motorcycle Plates) are issued for vehicles owned by (a) persons with a disability which limits or impairs their ability to walk; and (b) organizations that transport persons with a disability which limits or impairs their ability to walk (except that organizations are not eligible for placards).
Disability Access Placards are issued only to persons with a disability which limits or impairs their ability to walk who have a Long-Term limitation or impairment in their ability to walk.
Temporary Disability Access Placards are issued only to persons with a TEMPORARY disability which limits or impairs their ability to walk (not to exceed six months).
The following is the criteria which is used by a license physician to determine a persons eligibility for Disability Access Parking Privileges:
- Cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to rest.
- Cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device.
- Are restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm.hg on room air at rest.
- Use portable oxygen
- Have a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association.
- Are severely limited in their ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.
According to State Law, beginning January 1, 2012, all persons currently holding five-year handicap parking placards and license plates must renew their placards and license plates during their designated renewal month. Expiration dates are shown on the bottom of the removable placard and on the month and year decals on the license plate.
The Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges form must be completed by a licensed physician before a handicap placard and/or license plate is issued to first-time applicants.
An application is available to download and print.