How to Get a Handicapped Parking Permit in Texas

Learn how to obtain disabled plates and placards in Texas.

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

  • Visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting lenses
  • Visual acuity of more than 20/200 but with a limited field of vision in which the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle of 20 degrees or less
  • Mobility problems that substantially impair a person's ability to move around; these problems can be caused by:
  • Paralysis
  • Lung disease
  • Cardiac deficiency
  • Wheelchair confinement
  • Arthritis
  • Foot disorder
  • Other medical condition causing a person to use a brace, cane, crutch or other assistive device.

The Application   

You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in Texas’s application for disability parking identification.  Learn more about Texas’ disability parking law. 

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

Texas 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, not to exceed 6 months.

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

Drivers in Texas who abuse disability parking are guilty of a criminal offenses, can have their vehicles towed and may be subject to a fine of $511, and may be required to do community service.

Out of State

Texas recognizes out-of-state disability permits.

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