To qualify for a disabled permit in Florida (sometimes
referred to as a handicapped sticker”), the applicant must meet one of these
- Inability to walk without the use of or
assistance from a brace, cane, crutch, prosthetic device, or other assistive
device, or without assistance of another person. If the assistive device significantly
restores the person's ability to walk to the extent that the person can walk
without severe limitation, the person is not eligible for the exemption parking
- The need to permanently use a wheelchair.
- Restriction by lung disease to the extent that
the person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for 1 second, when measured
by spirometry, is less than one liter or the person's arterial oxygen is less
than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
- Use of portable oxygen.
- Restriction by 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.
- Severe limitation in a person's ability to walk
due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.
- Legally Blind (This is the only disability an
Optometrist can certify.)
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
Florida issues two types of disabled permits:
- TEMPORARY PERMIT: This is to certify that the
applicant named above is a person with a temporary disability (six months or
less) that limits or impairs his/her ability to walk or is temporarily sight
- PERMANENT PERMIT: This is to certify that the
applicant named above is legally blind or is a disabled person with a permanent
disability (ties) that limits or impairs his/her ability to walk 200 feet
without stopping to rest.
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
A person who parks illegally in a handicapped space in
Florida faces a fine of up to $250 for a first offense.