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Disability parking placard

How can I apply for or renew a disability parking placard?

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What do I need to apply for a disability parking placard? (Choose tab below)

Only renewals can be completed online. To renew your permanent disability parking placard, please scroll to that section of this page.

To apply by mail for a permanent or temporary disability parking placard:

  • Download and complete a Disability Parking Placard Application (BFS-108).
  • Have a licensed medical professional complete and sign the appropriate sections of the application.
  • Mail the application to:

Michigan Department of State
Internal Services Section
P.O. Box 30764
Lansing, MI 48918-8264

Disability Parking Placard Application

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To apply at our office for a permanent or temporary disability parking placard:

  • Download and complete a Disability Parking Placard Application (BFS-108).
  • Have a licensed medical professional complete and sign the appropriate sections of the application.
  • Bring the application to one of our offices.

Disability Parking Placard Application

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What do I need to renew a disability parking placard? (Choose tab below)

To renew a permanent disability parking placard online:

  • Visit Michigan.gov/ContactSOS.
  • In the “Category” dropdown menu, select “Disability Parking Placard” and then select “Renew.”
  • Fill out the online form.
  • Check your email for an automated response asking for additional information, such as your full name, address, daytime phone number, and expiring placard number.
  • Respond to the email with the requested information.

Go to Michigan.gov/ContactSOS

To renew a permanent disability parking placard by mail, submit a written request including your:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Daytime telephone number
  • Expiring disability placard number

    Mail your request to:
    Michigan Department of State
    Internal Services Section
    7064 Crowner Drive
    Lansing MI 48909-8264

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To renew a permanent disability parking placard in our office, you will need your expiring disability placard number.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

    • If you have a qualifying disability, you may apply for a disability parking placard. A qualifying disability is defined as: 

      • Blindness
      • Any condition that significantly limits your ability to walk
      • Any condition that requires a wheelchair, walker, crutch, or other assistive device

    • Organizations that transport people with disabilities may apply for a green disability parking placard that is valid for four years.
  • There is no fee to apply for or renew a disability parking placard.

    • Permanent disability parking placards (blue) are valid for four years, expiring on the applicant’s birthday. Permanent placards may be renewed up to six months before the expiration date.
    • Temporary disability placards (red) are valid for one to six months and are issued when there is an expectation that the medical condition will improve. If the condition hasn’t improved when the placard expires, a new application, including your licensed medical professional’s authorization, must be submitted.
    • Disability placards (green) for organizations that transport people with disabilities are valid for four years.
  • To renew an expired temporary disability parking placard, submit a new application, including the licensed medical professional’s certification and signature.

    • You must have a yellow free-parking sticker on your permanent parking placard to park for free. To obtain a free-parking sticker, you must have a valid Michigan driver’s license and be unable to do one or more of the following:

      • Insert coins or tokens in a parking meter or accept a ticket from a parking lot machine because of a lack of fine motor control of both hands.
      • Reach above your head to a height of 42 inches from the ground, because of lack of finger, hand, or upper extremity strength or mobility.
      • Approach a parking meter because of the use of a wheelchair or other ambulatory device.
      • Walk more than 20 feet because of an orthopedic, cardiovascular, or lung condition in which the degree of debilitation is so severe that it almost completely impedes your ability to walk.

    • A licensed medical professional must certify in Part 3 of your permanent disability parking placard application that you meet the requirements for free parking. Organizations aren’t eligible for free parking.
    • Privately owned parking lots and garages aren’t required to provide free parking.
     
  • Yes, you may have both a disability parking placard and disability license plate at the same time. The disability placard allows you to drive or travel in vehicles without a disability license plate and still access disability parking spaces. You may use your disability placard in your own vehicle if you don’t have a disability license plate, but most people choose to apply for a plate because of the convenience.

  • State law requires that a disability parking spot must only be used when the person with a disability is either driving or being transported in the vehicle.

  • We recommend renewing your permanent disability parking placard online or by mail. You also can renew your placard by visiting one of our offices or by calling 888-SOS-MICH (888-767-6424).


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