Disabled Parking Permits in North Carolina

How to obtain plates and placards

To qualify for a disability parking plates or placards (sometimes referred to as a “handicapped sticker”) in North Carolina, 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.

  • Cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to rest.
  • Cannot walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistive device.
  • Is restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person’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 millimeters of mercury on room air at rest.
  • Uses portable oxygen.
  • Has a 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.
  • Is severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.
  • Is totally blind.

The Application

You can seek either plates or a placard by completing North Carolina’s application for disability parking identification. There is a $5 fee. Mail the form to North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, 3148 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-3148 of bring to local License Plate Agency.

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles provides three types of handicap licensing:

  • five-year handicap parking placard
  • temporary (up to six months) handicap parking placard
  • handicap driver registration plate/tag

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

Violations of North Carolina disable parking requirements are infractions which carry penalties of $100 to $250. Additionally, law enforcement officers may order a vehicle in violation of this section to be towed.

Out of State

North Carolina recognizes out-of-state disability permits.

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