To qualify for a disability parking plates or placards
(sometimes referred to as a “handicapped sticker”) in Pennsylvania, 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. Pennsylvania requires that the applicant:
- is blind; or
- does not have full use of an arm or both arms;
- cannot walk 200 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; or
- 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 60 mm/hg on room air at rest;
- uses portable oxygen; or
- 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 the standards set by the American Heart Association; or
- is severely limited in his or her ability to
walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition; or
"in loco parentis" of a person who meets any of the above conditions
(which means an adult charged by law with the natural parent's rights, duties
and responsibilities acting on behalf of a child under 18 in place of the child's natural parents).
You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in
for disability parking identification. You may also apply at your local
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards
Pennsylvania issues placards and license plates based upon on the
length of the disability including:
Condition – up to six (6) months (not renewable)
Condition – requiring disability lasting more than six months (renewable).
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
Persons who abuse
disability parking will have their vehicles towed and will
be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $200. 75 Pa. Cons.
Stat. Ann. § 3354(d)(2)-(3), 3354(f). Vehicles may not be towed unless
the signage expressly states that the vehicles may be towed and a person
parked illegally may not be convicted and fined if the signage does not indicate
the maximum and minimum fines for violation.
Out of state
Pennsylvania recognizes out-of-state disability permits.