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Disability parking

Disability parking credentials

Picture of a blue disability parking placard

Permanent disability parking placard (Blue)

The blue permanent disability parking placard allows residents with qualifying permanent disabilities to park in designated disability parking spaces.

The placard should be hung from the rearview mirror of the vehicle when it is parked in a disability parking space and should be removed when driving.

Permanent placards are valid for four years following the date of issuance and will expire on your birthday. Permanent placards can be renewed online, by mail, and at a Secretary of State office up to 6 months before they expire.

Disability placard

Picture of a red disability parking placard

Temporary disability parking placard (Red)

The red temporary disability parking placard allows residents with qualifying temporary disabilities to park in designated disability parking spaces.

The placard should be hung from the rearview mirror of the vehicle when it is parked in a disability parking space and should be removed when driving.

Temporary placards are only valid for up to 6 months at a time and can’t be renewed.

Disability parking placard

Picture of a green disability parking placard

Organizational disability parking placard (Green)

Organizations that provide transportation to residents with disabilities may also obtain permanent disability parking placards for vehicles used for transportation services.

The placard should be hung from the rearview mirror of the vehicle when it is parked in a disability parking space and should be removed when driving.

Organizational placards expire every four years following the date of issuance and can be renewed up to 6 months before they expire.

If the organization is dissolved or no longer provides transportation for residents with ambulatory disabilities, the organization must return its placard to the Michigan Department of State by mail or to a Secretary of State office.

Disability Parking Placard Application

Pure Michigan disability license plate

Disability license plate

Residents with a permanent disability may apply for a disability license plate which will permit them to park their vehicle in designated disability parking spaces whenever they are driving or riding in the vehicle.

Disability license plates are issued with the embossed wheelchair symbol and will either have a red disability emblem silk-screened on the upper left corner of the license plate or a red sticker.

Like a standard license plate, disability license plates expire on the vehicle owner’s birthday and require the vehicle registration tab to be renewed annually. Vehicle registration can be renewed up to 6 months in advance.

Note: Disability license plates don’t qualify for free parking on their own.

Disability license plate

A 3D blue handicap symbol

Free parking sticker

Some residents with disabilities under very limited, specified circumstances are eligible to apply for a yellow sticker that is placed on their permanent disability parking placard and permits them to park for free at public meters and ramps.

To apply, your physician, chiropractor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant must provide their authorization under part 3 of the Disability Parking Placard Application.

The free parking sticker expires with a permanent disability parking placard every four years.

Disability Parking Placard Application

Eligibility

Under state law, residents who are legally blind or have a condition that significantly limits their ability to walk or requires an assistive device (i.e.: a wheelchair, walker, crutch, or other device) are eligible for a disability parking placard or license plate. Eligibility varies for each disability parking credential:

  • Temporary disability parking placard (Red): Issued if a qualifying disability is expected to improve.
  • Permanent disability parking placard (Blue): Issued if a qualifying disability isn’t expected to improve.
  • Disability license plate: Issued if a qualifying disability isn’t expected to improve.
  • Free parking sticker: You must have a valid Michigan driver’s license and permanent disability parking placard (blue), 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 due to a lack of fine motor control of both hands.
    - Reach above your head to a height of 42 inches from the ground, due to lack of finger, hand or upper extremity strength or mobility.
    - Approach a parking meter due to the use of a wheelchair or other ambulatory device.
    - Walk more than 20 feet due to an orthopedic, cardiovascular or lung condition in which the degree of debilitation is so severe that it almost completely impedes your ability to walk.

To apply for any disability parking credential, you must provide a completed application with the certification and signature of one of the following licensed medical professionals:

  • Physician
  • Chiropractor
  • Optometrist
  • Physician's assistant
  • Nurse practitioner

Disability parking enforcement

While the Department of State is involved in the issuance of disability license plates, disability parking placards, and free parking stickers, it is not responsible for providing or enforcing proper use of disability parking spaces. Disability parking-related violations should be reported to local law enforcement.

It is against the law to:

  • Loan your disability placard to another person
  • Knowingly use a disability placard that has been canceled or replaced
  • Use a disability placard or plate when the disability no longer exists
  • Use the disability placard or license plate of a deceased family member
  • Copy, alter, or forge a disability placard or license plate

Additionally, free parking is only permitted for vehicles displaying a disability placard with a yellow free parking sticker.

Disability parking brochure

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Michigan law allows only one parking placard to be issued to a person. However, you may use your placard in any vehicle that you are driving or that is transporting you.

  • Yes, you can have a disability license plate and a parking placard at the same time. The placard may be used during those times when you are traveling in a vehicle without a disability license plate.

  • A lost or stolen disability placard can be replaced at any Secretary of State office for $10. You will be asked to show identification. Offices accept cash, checks, money orders, Discover, MasterCard and Visa debit or credit cards at the counter.

    Or, you may submit your request and $10 fee by fax to 517-636-5865 or by letter to:

    Michigan Department of State
    Internal Services Section
    7064 Crowner Drive
    Lansing, MI 48918

    Your request should include your daytime telephone number.

    If faxing your request, pay with Visa, MasterCard or Discover and be sure to include your credit card number and expiration date.

    If mailing your request, pay by check or money order. Make checks or money orders payable to State of Michigan.

  • All states and some foreign countries honor Michigan's disability license plates and placards for using a disability parking space. However, some jurisdictions may not allow free parking even with the Michigan free-parking sticker. Contact the law enforcement agency of the community you will be visiting to find out if there are any special disability parking ordinances.


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