To qualify for a disability parking plates or placards (sometimes referred to as a “handicapped sticker”) in Rhode Island, you 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:
You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in Rhode Island’s application for disability parking identification. You may also apply at your local DMV.
Rhode issues placards and license plates based upon on the length of the disability including:
A person, other than a person issued a special placard or motorcycle sticker pursuant to this section, who parks a vehicle in a parking space designated for persons with disabilities, shall be fined: (1) one hundred dollars ($100) for a first violation, (2) one hundred seventy-five dollars ($175) for a second violation, and (3) three hundred twenty-five dollars ($325) for a third or subsequent violation. The vehicle may be subject to towing at the owner's expense. Provided further, that it shall not be unlawful for a person to park a vehicle in a space designated for person with disabilities if that person is transporting a person who has been issued a special placard and is properly displaying the placard on the vehicle. (RIS § 31-28-7).
Rhode Island recognizes out-of-state disability permits.