Using disabled parking

How to use your disabled parking identification card

Keep the identification card that indicates you have disabled parking privileges in your wallet or purse. You must provide it to law enforcement when requested.

How to use the disabled parking decal

License plate showing location of disabled parking tab and decal.

If you request a disabled parking tab and placard, you’ll also get a blue “Disabled Parking Privileges” decal. The use of this decal is optional. You may place this decal between the bolt holes on the bottom of the license plate for added visibility, as shown.

Who can use disabled parking

Anyone who qualifies for disabled parking privileges and has a disabled parking placard, tabs, or license plates may park in disabled parking spaces.

  • It’s illegal for anyone else to use your disabled parking placard, tabs, or license plates if you’re not in the vehicle. You can’t let your friends or family borrow them for their own use.

Where to park

  • You can park:
    • On the street, for free, in any parking space that is time restricted (including metered parking). This doesn’t apply to privately-owned parking lots or areas reserved for special types of vehicles (fire lanes, loading zones, etc.).
    • In any specially-designated disabled parking space.
      • Note: Van-accessible spaces are designed for use by wheelchair vans. Please use them only if you drive a wheelchair van or no other disabled parking spaces are available.
  • You can’t park in zones or areas:
    • Where stopping, parking, or standing of all vehicles is prohibited.
    • Reserved for special types of vehicles (fire lanes, loading zones, etc.).

How to report abuse of disabled parking privileges

Contact your local police to report individuals who are abusing disabled parking privileges or parking in a disabled parking space illegally.

More information

If you have other questions, please contact customer service.

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