To qualify for disability parking plates or placards
(sometimes referred to as “handicapped
stickers”) in Delaware an applicant must meet one of the following
- Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest;
- Cannot walk safely without the use of or
assistance from a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device,
wheelchair or other assistive device; or
- Is restricted by lung disease to such an extent
that the applicant's or household member's forced (respiratory) expiratory
volume, one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter or the
arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg. at room air or rest; or
- Uses portable oxygen; or
- Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the
applicant's or household member's functional limitations are classified in
severity as Class III or Class IV according to the standards set by the
American Heart Association; or
- Is severely limited in his or her ability to
walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.
Applicants 85 years of age and older need only show proof of
their age to obtain a placard.
A person with a
permanent disability does not need to obtain a new physician's certification in
order to have his or her special license plate or parking ID placard renewed.
The individual with a disability shall be required to submit a written
certification that he or she continues to suffer from the disability, and that
he or she continues to require the special license plate or parking ID placard
for the reasons stated when it was initially issued.
You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in
for disability parking identification. You may also apply at your local
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards
Placards and Plates. Disabled placards are only valid for three (3) years.
Placards . Eligibility, by law, for a temporary special parking ID placard
is restricted to a physical disability that is not permanent, but that
substantially limits or impairs the applicant’s or household member’s ability
to walk for not less than five (5) weeks, and which is so severe that the
person would endure a hardship or be subject to a risk of injury without a temporary
special ID placard. These are valid for a minimum of 35 and maximum of 90 days.
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
A person who parks illegally in a handicapped space faces a
fine of $100 for a first violation and $200 for second and subsequent violations.
Out of state
Delaware recognizes out-of-state disability permits.
However, not all states may recognize Delaware disability permits.