Disabled Person Parking Permit
Individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities and organizations that transport the disabled may apply for permits that allow parking in spaces designated for the disabled by submitting Application For Disabled Person Parking Permit. Permits issued to disabled persons will expire on the owner’s birthday. Permits issued to an organization will be issued for four years and expire June 30th. Permits must be hung on the rear view mirror of any vehicle used to transport the disabled person(s).
The permit number must be visible from the front of the vehicle when a vehicle is parked in a space designated for disabled persons. The permit registration certificate must be available when the disabled person parking permit is in use. The disabled person parking permit may be used in any vehicle transporting a disabled person to whom the permit was issued. Permits are registered one permit per name and registered to the person, not the vehicle. See additional Do’s and Don’ts when using a disabled person parking permit.
A person who qualifies for a disabled person parking permit can be issued a wheelchair symbol license plate in lieu of the disabled person parking permit by submitting Application for International Wheelchair License Plate. The vehicle registration expiration date does not change and there is no additional cost added to the vehicle registration fee. A replacement license plate fee will apply if the license plate is being replaced before the automatic 10 year replacement cycle.
A completed application must be signed by the applicant and the certifying authority. A list of certifying Physician’s/Authorities is listed on the back of the application.
- Florida driver license number or Florida identification number is required. Additional information and qualification details>
- Organizations providing regular transportation service to disabled persons must provide either a Federal Employers Identification Number (FEID) or a Florida sales tax registration number.
- Please note that faxed or photocopied signatures (applicant and/or certifying authority) are NOT acceptable.
Effective July 1, 2012: Replacements for lost or stolen disabled person parking permits now require the Application for Replacement License Plate, Validation Decal or Parking Permit form signed by the applicant and the Application For Disabled Person Parking Permit signed by the applicant and a certifying authority within the last 12 months. A list of certifying authorities is listed on the back of form HSMV 83039.
Effective October 1, 2012: Renewals for disabled person parking permits must have current certification. Renewals now require the Application For Disabled Person Parking Permit signed by the applicant and a certifying authority within the last 12 months.
Types of and Fees for Disabled Person Parking Permits
Four Year Permits - No Cost
The four year disabled person parking permit (blue) expires on the disabled person's birthday four (4) years after it was issued. Disabled Person Parking Permits may be renewed by mail or by visiting a service center. If renewing by mail, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. There is no fee for a first time or replacement four year parking permit.
Temporary Disabled Person Parking Permit - $15.00
A person whose disability is temporary may qualify for a temporary disabled person parking permit (red) issued for six months or less.
Wheelchair Symbol License Plate
A person who qualifies for a disabled person parking permit can be issued a wheelchair symbol license plate in lieu of the disabled person parking permit.
100% Disabled Veteran License Plates
An honorably disacharged veteran who has been a resident of Florida continuously for the past five years or who has established a domicile in Florida may apply for one free disabled veteran "DV" license plate. The veteran must provide proof of service-connected 100-percent disability rating or that the vehicle was acquired through financial assistance from the VA.
Free license plates with the wheelchair emblem are available for veterans permanently confined to a wheelchair or who qualify for a disabled parking permit and who otherwise qualify for a DV plate. Parking spaces for persons with disabilities are for the exclusive use of individuals who have permenant or temporary mobility impairments. These parking spots are designated for people with physical impairments. Veterans with a DV plate are permited to park in these spots.
Vehicles that display a disabled person parking permit or plate are not required to pay for metered parking. However, for time-restricted metered parking, the fee is only waived for a maximum of four hours. Local governments may extend this time by ordinance.