How to Get a Handicapped Parking Permit in Florida
Learn how to obtain disabled plates and placards in Florida.
To qualify for a disabled permit in Florida (sometimes referred to as a handicapped sticker”), the applicant must meet one of these medical conditions:
- Inability to walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, crutch, prosthetic device, or other assistive device, or without assistance of another person. If the assistive device significantly restores the person's ability to walk to the extent that the person can walk without severe limitation, the person is not eligible for the exemption parking permit.
- The need to permanently use a wheelchair.
- Restriction by lung disease to the extent that the person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for 1 second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter or the person's arterial oxygen is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
- Use of portable oxygen.
- Restriction by cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association.
- Severe limitation in a person's ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.
- Legally Blind (This is the only disability an Optometrist can certify.)
You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in Florida’s application for disability parking identification. You may also apply at your local DMV.
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards
Florida issues two types of disabled permits:
- TEMPORARY PERMIT: This is to certify that the applicant named above is a person with a temporary disability (six months or less) that limits or impairs his/her ability to walk or is temporarily sight impaired.
- PERMANENT PERMIT: This is to certify that the applicant named above is legally blind or is a disabled person with a permanent disability (ties) that limits or impairs his/her ability to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
A person who parks illegally in a handicapped space in Florida faces a fine of up to $250 for a first offense.