Disabled Parking Permits in Michigan

How to obtain plates and placards

To qualify for disability parking plates or placards (sometimes incorrectly referred to as   “handicapped stickers”) in Michigan, the applicant must be certified as having a disability by a licensed physician. Michigan law defines “physical disability” as:

  • Blindness as determined by an optometrist, a physician, or a physician assistant.
  • Inability to walk more than 200 feet without having to stop and rest.
  • Inability to do both of the following: (a) Use 1 or both legs or feet, (b) Walk without the use of a wheelchair, walker, crutch, brace, prosthetic, or other device, or without the assistance of another person.
  • A lung disease from which the person's forced expiratory volume for 1 second, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter, or from which the person's arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg of room air at rest.
  • A cardiovascular condition that causes the person to measure between 3 and 4 on the New York heart classification scale, or that renders the person incapable of meeting a minimum standard for cardiovascular health that is established by the American heart association and approved by the department of public health.
  • An arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition that severely limits the person's ability to walk.
  • The persistent reliance upon an oxygen source other than ordinary air.

The Application

You can seek either plates or a placard by completing Michigan’s application for disability parking identification, along with the medical certification, and submitting it to the local branch of the Secretary of State’s office.

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

Once an application is processed the permit is mailed to the applicant by the Department of Motor Vehicles, that is either:

  • Permanent Permit – issued to persons with a handicap or disability determined by their medical professional to be a permanent medical condition.
  • Temporary Permit – issued to persons with a handicap or disability expected by their medical professional to limit their mobility no longer than six (6) months.

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

The fine for abusing handicapped parking in Michigan is not less than $250.

Out of state

Michigan recognizes out-of-state disability permits. However, not all states may recognize Michigan disability permits.


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