Disabled Parking Permits in New York

How to obtain plates and placards

To qualify for a disability parking plates or placards (sometimes referred to as a “handicapped sticker”) in New York, the applicant must meet one of the conditions described below and must obtain a licensed physician’s certification prior to the initial issuance of disability access placards.

  • Use of portable oxygen;
  • Legal blindness;
  • Limited use, or no use, of one or both legs;
  • Inability to walk 200 feet without stopping;
  • A neuro-muscular dysfunction that severely limits mobility;
  • A Class III or IV cardiac condition (American Heart Association standards);
  • Severe limitation in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition;
  • Restriction because of lung disease to such an extent that forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg of room air at rest;
  • Any other physical or mental impairment not previously listed which constitutes an equal degree of disability, and imposes unusual hardship in the use of public transportation and prevents the person from getting around without great difficulty.

The Application   

You can seek either plates or a placard by completing New York’s application for disability parking identification. The form is available at any motor vehicle office, by request from the DMV Call Center, for the DMV Internet Office, and from most permit issuing agents in cities, towns and villages. To determine which governmental office issues permits in your area, contact your local town, city or village clerk, or visit the DMV Internet Office.

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

New York issues placards and license plates for:

  • Permanent Disabled Person Parking Permit – New York residents who qualify for permanent disability are eligible for a license plate or a placard.
  • Temporary Disabled Person Parking Permit -- Temporary handicapped placards, which are issued for short-term mobility impairment or medical conditions, are valid for six months.

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

New York prohibits parking motor vehicles in handicapped spaces without a special vehicle identification. The fine for illegally parking in a space reserved for people with disabilities is $50 to $150, plus a mandatory $30 surcharge. 

Out of state

New York recognizes out-of-state disability permits.

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