Disabled Parking Permits in Connecticut

How to obtain plates and placards

To qualify for disability parking plates or placards (sometimes referred to as  “handicapped stickers”) in Connecticut, the applicant must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • a person who is blind, as defined by law (CGS §1-1f);
  • a person with disabilities that limit or impair the ability to walk, as defined in federal law (see below);
  • a parent or guardian of a blind person or person with disabilities who is (a) under 18 at the time of application, or (b) unable to request or complete an application; or
  • an organization that meets criteria established by the commissioner and certifies to his satisfaction that the vehicle for which a plate or placard is requested is primarily used to transport blind persons or persons with disabilities that limit or impair their ability to walk.

Connecticut law uses the federal criteria for defining limitation in ability to walk (23 CFR § 1235. 2). Under these criteria, someone is limited in his or her ability to walk if a physician determines that he or she:

  • cannot walk 200 feet without resting;
  • cannot walk without (a) the use of a cane, brace, crutch, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device, or (b) help from another person;
  • is restricted by lung disease so that his or her forced respiratory volume or arterial oxygen tension is below certain limits;
  • uses portable oxygen;
  • has a heart condition that creates functional limitations falling within the American Heart Association's Class III or IV criteria; or
  • is “severely limited” in walking ability due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.

The Application

You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in Connecticut’s application for disability parking identification. You may also apply at your local DMV.

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

  • Disabled Placards. Disabled placards are valid for two, four, or six years, and expire at the same time as the holder's license or ID card. They must be renewed at the end of the month in which the license or ID card expires.
  • Temporary Placards . DMV issues temporary disability parking placards to people whose ability to walk is seriously but temporarily impaired. According to DMV's website, the department issues temporary placards to people whose hospital discharge plan requires the use of crutches, wheelchairs, or any other device intended as an aid or substitution for walking.
  • Issuance and Use of Special License Plates. DMV must issue special license plates, on approval of the application, to anyone eligible for such plates who has a motor vehicle registered in his or her name as a passenger vehicle, passenger and commercial vehicle, or motorcycle. DMV may issue these special license plates for up to two motor vehicles per eligible individual.  

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

A person who parks illegally in a handicapped space faces a fine of $150 for a first violation and $250 for second and subsequent violations. A motor vehicle illegally parked in a handicapped space for the third or subsequent time may be towed and impounded until any fines are paid.

Out of state

Connecticut recognizes out-of-state disability permits. However, not all states may recognize Connecticut disability permits.

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