Disabled Parking Permits in Wisconsin

How to obtain plates and placards in Wisconsin

To qualify for a disability parking plates or placards (sometimes referred to as a “handicapped sticker”) in Wisconsin, 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. Wisconsin requires that the applicant:

  • Cannot walk 200 feet or more without stopping to rest.
  • Cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, another person or brace, cane, crutch, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistance device.
  • Is restricted by lung disease to the extent that 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.
  • Uses portable oxygen.
  • Has a cardiac condition to the extent that functional limitations are classified in severity as class III or IV, according to standards accepted by the American Heart Association.
  • Is severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.

The Application      

You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in Wisconsin’s application for disability parking identification.  Mail to WisDOT. Special Plates Unit – DIS ID, P.O. Box 7306, Madison, WI 53707-7306.

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

Wisconsin issues placards and license plates for:

  • Renewable Disabled Person Parking Permit – valid for four years
  • Temporary Disabled Person Parking Permit -- A temporary permit is valid for the length of time the physician deems necessary, not to exceed 6 months.

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

Any person who violates handicapped parking violations is fined $214.50. This includes those who use someone else’s permit for their personal use.

Out of state

Wisconsin recognizes out-of-state disability permits.

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