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Disabled parking: Permanent

Vehicle fees and new plate costs are changing effective January 1, 2015.

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If you’re permanently disabled and meet the disabled parking requirements, your doctor will decide which of these options you can use:

  • 1-2 blue placards: Hangs on rearview mirror of any vehicle you’re transported in.
  • 1 blue placard and 1 set of disabled parking license plates*.
  • 1 blue placard and 1 disabled parking tab (year only):
    • You can use the disabled parking tab with special design plates or personalized plates.
    • You can’t use the disabled parking tab with:
      • Regular (mountain) background plates
      • Disabled parking plates
      • Exempt plates (for state or publicly-owned vehicles.)
      • Collector Vehicle plates
      • Horseless Carriage plates
      • Rideshare plates

*You must be the vehicle’s registered owner.

Initial cost for plates. Vehicle registration or renewal fees will apply each year.

Type Until December 31, 2014 Effective January 1, 2015
Disabled parking plates $27.75 $32.75
Placards Free Free
Disabled parking tab and decal $8.75 $13.75

Submit your application (and payment if needed)

Disabled Parking Application for Individuals. Make sure your doctor, physician assistant, or licensed registered nurse practitioner completes and signs the “Physician” section. (We can only accept the original, no copies.)

  • By mail to:
    Individuals with Disabilities
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9043
    Olympia WA 98507-9043
  • or
  • Bring the form to any vehicle licensing office except Schmidt Insurance Service in Odessa.

Getting your ID card, placards, plates, or tabs

We’ll mail you an "Individual with Disabilities Parking Privilege" ID card in 2–3 weeks. Keep it in your wallet or purse. You must provide it to law enforcement when requested.

Your placards, plates, or tabs will be sent as soon as your application is processed.

Renew your plates yearly

You must renew your vehicle tabs and registration each year.

Renew your disabled parking privilege every 5 years

If you’re privilege is current or expired less than 31 days ago:

  • Sign and return the reminder we sent or
  • Send a signed letter stating you still need your disabled parking privileges. (You don’t need a physician’s signature):
    • In person at a vehicle licensing office except Schmidt Insurance Service in Odessa.
    • By mail:
      Individuals with Disabilities
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9043
      Olympia WA 98507-9043

If you’re privilege has expired for 31 or more days you’ll need to start over.

Questions?

Contact us

Washington Healthcare Finder
Access Washington – official state government website