To qualify for a disability parking plates or placards
(sometimes referred to as a “handicapped sticker”) in South 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
- The inability to ordinarily walk 100 feet
nonstop without aggravating an existing medical condition, including the
increase of pain.
- The inability to ordinarily walk without the use
of a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair or
other assistive device.
- A restriction by lung disease to the extent that
the person’s forced 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.
- A restriction requiring the use of portable
- A cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s
functional limitation are classified in severity as Class III or IV, according
to American Heart Association standards. If the patient’s status improves to a
higher level (i.e. as a result of surgery), the patient no longer meets the
- A substantial limitation in the ability to walk
due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition (i.e. coordination
problems and muscle spasticity due to conditions that include Parkinson’s
disease, cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis).
You can seek either plates or a placard by filling out and filing South
Carolina’s application for disability parking
identification. Contact the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards
South Carolina issues placards and license plates for:
Disabled Person Parking Permit – valid for four years
Disabled Person Parking Permit -- A temporary permit is valid for the
length of time the physician deems necessary, a minimum of four months to a maximum of one year.
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
It is unlawful for any person who is not handicapped or who is not
transporting a handicapped person to exercise the parking privileges granted
handicapped persons. A person violating this rule is guilty of a misdemeanor
and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more
than two hundred dollars or imprisoned for more than thirty days for each
offense. (Section 56-3-1960)
Out of state
South Carolina recognizes out-of-state disability permits.