To obtain disability parking rights in Maryland, you must
have one of the following medical conditions, as certified by your physician or
other medical practitioner:
- Has lung disease to such an extent that forced
(respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is
less than one liter, or arterial oxygen tension (pO2) is less than 60 mm/hg on
room air at rest.
- Has cardiovascular disease limitations
classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to the standards set
by the American Heart Association.
- Is unable to walk 200 feet without stopping to
- Is unable to walk without the use of, or
assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, or
other assistance device.
- Requires a wheelchair for mobility.
- Has lost an arm, hand, foot, or leg. See Note
(D) “Certification Under Maryland Law.”
- Has lost the use of an arm, hand, foot, or leg.
- Has a permanent disability that adversely
impacts the ambulatory ability of the applicant and which is so severe that the
person would endure a hardship or be subject to a risk or injury if the
privileges accorded a person from whom a vehicle is specially registered were
- Has a permanent impairment of both eyes so that:
1) The central vision acuity is 20/200 or less in the better eye, with
corrective glasses, or 2) There is a field defect in which the peripheral field
has contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter of visual field
subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees in the better eye. See
Note (C) “Certification Under Maryland Law”.
Temporary Placard (red)
- Disability is not permanent but would
substantially impair the person’s mobility or limit or impair the person’s
ability to walk for at least three weeks, and is so severe that the person
would endure a hardship or be subject to risk of injury if the Temporary
Placard were denied.
To be eligible for a Temporary Placard, the medical
professional must certify that the disability is predicted to last at least two
You can seek either plates or a placard by completing Maryland’s
disability parking identification, along with the medical certification,
and submitting it to the local branch of the Maryland Motor Vehicle
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
The fine for abusing handicapped parking in Maryland varies
from town to town but can be as high as $500.
Out of state
Maryland recognizes out-of-state disability permits.