To qualify for a disability parking plates or placards
(sometimes referred to as a “handicapped sticker”) in New Jersey, the applicant
must meet one of the conditions described below and must obtain a licensed
physician’s certification prior to the initial issuance of disability access
placards. New Jersey requires that the applicant:
- Has lost the use of one or more limbs as a
consequence of paralysis, amputation, or other permanent disability.
- Is severely and permanently disabled and cannot
walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, crutch, another
person, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistive device.
- Suffers from lung disease to such an extent that
the applicant’s forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when
measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension
is less than sixty mm/hg on room air at rest; or uses portable oxygen.
- Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the
applicant’s functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or
Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association.
- Is severely and permanently limited in the
ability to walk because of an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition;
or cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to rest.
- Has a permanent sight impairment of both eyes as
certified by the N.J. Commission of the Blind (placard only).
Effective August 1, 2013, certification by a qualified
medical practitioner is now required as part of the initial and recertification
application process. Qualified medical practitioners include physicians,
podiatrists, licensed chiropractors, nurse practitioners, and physician
assistants licensed to practice in this state or a neighboring state or a
physician stationed at a military or naval installation located in this State
who is licensed to practice in any state.
You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in New Jersey’s
application for disability parking
identification. To obtain an application for a permanent handicapped
license plate or placard: Go to New Jersey’s disability
plates site, or call (888) 486-3339 or visit your nearest MVC facility. Temporary
handicapped placards, which are issued for short-term mobility impairment or
medical conditions, are valid for six months and are issued by your local New
Jersey municipal police department.
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards
New Jersey issues placards and license plates for:
Disabled Person Parking Permit – Individuals who qualify for permanent
disability are eligible to choose from one of three options:
- One set of wheelchair symbol license plates
- One person with a disability placard
- One set of plates and one placard
Disabled Person Parking Permit -- Temporary handicapped placards, which are
issued for short-term mobility impairment or medical conditions, are valid for
six months and are issued by your local New Jersey municipal police department
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
New Jersey prohibits parking motor vehicles in handicapped spaces
without a special vehicle identification. The state law mandates initial and
subsequent fines of $250 each and up
to 90 days of community services
Out of state
New Jersey recognizes out-of-state disability permits.