Disabled Parking Permits in Iowa
How to obtain plates and placards
To qualify for disability parking plates or placards (sometimes incorrectly referred to as “handicapped stickers” or “handicapped hangtags”) in Iowa an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:
- The person cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
- The person cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assisting device.
- The person is restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person's forced expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial-oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
- The person uses portable oxygen.
- The person has a 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.
- The person is severely limited in the person's ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.
You can seek either plates or a placard by completing and sending in Iowa’s application for disability parking identification. You may also apply at your local DMV.
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards
- Plates are issued to an owner of a vehicle who is a person with a permanent disability; also issued to parent or guardian of a child with a disability if the child lives with parent or guardian. Plates must be renewed each year.
- Removable windshield placards are issued to a person with a disability on a temporary (six months) or permanent basis. Removable windshield placards may also be issued to an organization that transports persons with disabilities and/or elderly customers. Temporary permits are valid for six months.
- Stickers are issued to an owner of a motor vehicle who is a person with a disability who does not want a persons with disabilities license plate. The sticker is placed on the license plate in the lower-right corner of the rear plate. The sticker can be placed on any type of regular, special or personalized license plate in the lower-right corner of the rear plate.
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
- Providing false information to obtain the removable windshield placard, sticker or plate may result in a $300 civil fine; the removable windshield placard, sticker or plate may also be revoked.
- Parking in a designated space when there is not a person with a disability driving or riding in the vehicle may result in a $200 fine.
- Failing to return the removable windshield placard, sticker or plate when the use is no longer needed, and then misusing it may result in a fine of up to $200.