Disabled Parking Permits in South Carolina

How to obtain plates and placards

To qualify for a disability parking plates or placards (sometimes referred to as a “handicapped sticker”) in South Carolina, 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:

  • The inability to ordinarily walk 100 feet nonstop without aggravating an existing medical condition, including the increase of pain.
  • The inability to ordinarily walk without the use of a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistive device.
  • A restriction by lung disease to the 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.
  • A restriction requiring the use of portable oxygen.
  • A cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitation are classified in severity as Class III or IV, according to American Heart Association standards. If the patient’s status improves to a higher level (i.e. as a result of surgery), the patient no longer meets the criteria.
  • A substantial limitation in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition (i.e. coordination problems and muscle spasticity due to conditions that include Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis).
  • Blindness.

The Application   

You can seek either plates or a placard by filling out and filing South Carolina’s application for disability parking identification.  Contact the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV).

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

South Carolina issues placards and license plates for:

  • Renewable Disabled Person Parking Permit – valid for four years
  • Temporary Disabled Person Parking Permit -- A temporary permit is valid for the length of time the physician deems necessary, a minimum of four months to a maximum of one year.

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

It is unlawful for any person who is not handicapped or who is not transporting a handicapped person to exercise the parking privileges granted handicapped persons. A person violating this rule is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned for more than thirty days for each offense. (Section 56-3-1960)

Out of state

South Carolina recognizes out-of-state disability permits.

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