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
- Cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to
- 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.
You can seek either plates or a placard by completing North
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
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
Out of state
North Carolina recognizes out-of-state disability permits.