Disabled Parking Permits in Washington

How to obtain plates and placards in Washington

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

  • You can’t walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
  • Your ability to walk is severely limited due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.
  • You’re so severely disabled that you can’t walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device.
  • You use portable oxygen.
  • You’re restricted by lung disease to such an extent that forced expiratory respiratory volume when measured by spirometry is less than 1 liter/second or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
  • You’re impaired by cardiovascular disease or cardiac condition to the extent that your functional limitations are classified as Class III or IV under standards accepted by the American Heart Association.
  • You have a disability resulting from an acute sensitivity to automobile emissions which limits or impairs your ability to walk. Your physician, physician assistant, or advanced registered nurse practitioner must document that the disability is comparable in severity to the others listed above.
  • You’re legally blind and have limited mobility.
  • You have acute sensitivity to light associated with a form of porphyria that would significantly benefit from a decrease in exposure to light. Porphyria refers to a group of inheritable metabolic disorders in which exposure to light can result in burning, blistering, swelling, and scarring of the skin..  

The Application      

You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in Washington’s application for disability parking identification.  Bring the application in person at any vehicle licensing office except Schmidt Insurance Service in Odessa. Or mail it to: Individuals with Disabilities. Department of Licensing. PO Box 9043, Olympia WA 98507-9043.

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

Washington issues placards and license plates for:

  • Renewable Disabled Person Parking Permit – valid for five years
  • Temporary Disabled Person Parking Permit -- If you have a temporary condition that meets disabled parking requirements, you may ask to have disabled parking privileges for up to 6 months.

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

Drivers in Washington who abuse disability parking may have their vehicles towed and may be subject to a fine of $450.

Out of state

Washington recognizes out-of-state disability permits.

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