To qualify for disability parking plates or placards
(sometimes incorrectly referred to as
“handicapped stickers” or “handicapped hangtags”) in Indiana an
applicant must meet one of the following requirements:
- Has a temporary or permanent physical disability
that requires the use of a wheelchair, a walker, braces, or crutches;
- Has temporarily or permanently lost the use of
one or both legs;
- Has restricted mobility, either temporarily or
permanently, due to a pulmonary or cardiovascular disability, arthritic
condition, or orthopedic or neurological impairment; or
- Is permanently blind or visually impaired.
Disability parking placards are also available to companies
or associations which transport or provide facilities for persons with physical
You can seek either plates or a placard by completing and
sending in Indiana’s application
for disability parking identification. You may also apply at your local DMV.
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards in Indiana
- A disability parking placard issued to an
individual with a permanent disability will expire only upon physician’s
certification that the disability is no longer considered to be permanent.
- A placard issued to an individual with a
temporary disability is valid for six months from the date that it is issued,
or until a date indicated by the physician certifying the application,
whichever occurs first.
- If your current placard has an expiration date,
you must apply again when it expires. Your new placard will not have an
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
A 2013 law doubled Indiana's fines for motorists who
illegally park in parking spaces designated for the disabled. The new law made
the minimum fine for parking in a disabled spot without a permit from $50 to