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Disabled Parking Pass

Puget Sound License Agency, Inc. can help you with getting a disabled WA State parking pass if you are disabled and you are eligible. We can also help you get your tabs and plates when time to register or renew!

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Who Is Eligible? | Get Or Renew Your Disabled Parking Pass | Using Disabled Parking

Who Is Eligible?

Who determines if you qualify?

A licensed physician, licensed physician assistant, or licensed registered nurse practitioner must determine if you qualify for disabled parking privileges.

Types of conditions that qualify

You may receive disabled parking privileges if you have a disability that meets at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • 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.

Get Or Renew Your Disabled Parking Pass

Permanent | Temporary | Organizational

Permanent

If you have a permanent disability that meets disabled parking requirements, you may request one of the following options:

Up to 2 blue placards.

  • Hang the placard from the rearview mirror when parked.
  • Placards may be used on any vehicle while it's providing transportation for you.

1 set of disabled parking license plates.

  • The plates must be issued to you, the qualified individual.
  • and
  • You must be a registered owner of the vehicle.

1 set of disabled parking license plates and 1 placard (as described above).

1 disabled parking tab (year only) and 1 blue placard.

You can use the disabled parking tab with special design plates or personalized plates.

You can't use the disabled parking tab with:

  • Standard, non-personalized plates
  • Disabled parking plates
  • Exempt plates (for state or publicly-owned vehicles.)
  • Collector Vehicle plates
  • Horseless Carriage plates
  • Rideshare plates

How to apply

Complete and sign a Disabled Parking Application for Individuals. Your doctor, physician assistant, or licensed registered nurse practitioner must complete and sign the "Physician" section of the form before you can submit it.

Bring in the original, completed application form to Puget Sound License Agency, Inc. We cannot accept faxed copies of applications for permanent disabled parking privileges.

Getting your placards, plates, or tabs

We'll mail your receipt and disabled parking placards, plates, or tabs to you as soon as your application has been processed. You should receive your identification card in 2–3 weeks. Keep the identification card in your wallet or purse. You must provide it to law enforcement when requested.

How to renew

You must renew your permanent disabled parking privilege every 5 years.

If current or expired for less than 31 days, sign the reminder you got, or write a letter stating you still need disabled parking privileges and sign it. (You don't need a physician's signature.) and bring it in to Puget Sound License Agency, Inc. We'll get you good to go!

If expired for 31 days or more:

Complete and sign a Disabled Parking Application for Individuals. Your doctor, physician assistant, or licensed registered nurse practitioner must complete and sign the "Physician" section of the form before you can submit it.

Bring in the original, completed application form to Puget Sound License Agency, Inc. We cannot accept faxed copies of applications for temporary disabled parking privileges.

Fees

To get original:
• Disabled parking plates: $27.75
• Placards: No fee
• Disabled parking tab and decal: No fee

Note: Fees don't include the cost of vehicle registration or tab renewal. We of course can help you with your vehicle registration and tab renewal as well!

To renew:
There's no additional fee for disabled parking plates, tabs, or placards but you must still pay all required tab renewal fees, which we can help you with as well.

 

Temporary

If you have a temporary condition that meets disabled parking requirements, you may ask to have disabled parking privileges for up to 6 months.

If you qualify, you'll get 1 red placard, which hangs from the rearview mirror and can be used by any vehicle while it is providing transportation for you.

How to apply

Complete and sign a Disabled Parking Application for Individuals. Your doctor, physician assistant, or licensed registered nurse practitioner must complete and sign the "Physician" section of the form before you can submit it.

Bring in the original, completed application form to Puget Sound License Agency, Inc.

Getting your placard

We'll mail your receipt and disabled parking placard as soon as your application has been processed. You should receive your identification card in 2–3 weeks. Keep the identification card in your wallet or purse. You must provide it to law enforcement when requested.

When your placard expires

The placard is valid for 1–6 months from the date it was issued and isn't renewable. If you need disabled parking for longer than 6 months, you must apply for a new temporary disabled parking placard.

When the placard has expired, you may return it to a vehicle licensing office for destruction.

 

Organizational

If your organization uses vehicles to transport anyone with a disability, you may request 1 of the following disabled parking options:

Placards which hang from the rear-view mirror and can be used by any vehicle that provides regular transportation for an individual with a disability.

OR

License plates for each vehicle:

  • Registered to the organization.
  • and
  • Used regularly to transport individuals with disabilities.

How to apply

1. Complete and sign a Disabled Parking Application for Organizations.

  • If you're requesting disabled parking license plates, attach a copy of the current registration for the vehicle.

2. Bring in the original, completed application form and any supporting documents to Puget Sound License Agency, Inc. We cannot accept faxed copies of applications for organizational disabled parking privileges.

Getting your placards or plates

We'll mail your receipt and disabled parking placards or license plates as soon as your application has been processed.

Annual status report required

We'll mail a report to your organization each year in March. Your organization must report the status of each disabled parking placard or license plate by April 30th. If the organization doesn't submit this report, the disabled parking plates or placards issued to the organization will be canceled.

How to renew

License plates must be renewed every year. You'll renew your disabled parking plates when you renew your tabs.

Placards must be renewed every 5 years. To renew:

  1. Complete and sign a Disabled Parking Application for Organizations.
  2. Bring in the original, completed application form and any supporting documents to Puget Sound License Agency, Inc. We cannot accept faxed copies of applications for organizational disabled parking privileges.

Using Your Disabled Parking Pass

How to use your disabled parking identification card

Keep the identification card that indicates you have disabled parking privileges in your wallet or purse. You must provide it to law enforcement when requested.

How to use the disabled parking decal

If you request a disabled parking tab and placard, you'll also get a blue "Disabled Parking Privileges" decal. The use of this decal is optional. You may place this decal between the bolt holes on the bottom of the license plate for added visibility, as shown.

Puget Sound License Agency Inc disabled license plate decal placement

Who can use disabled parking?

Anyone who qualifies for disabled parking privileges and has a disabled parking placard, tabs, or license plates may park in disabled parking spaces. It's illegal for anyone else to use your disabled parking placard, tabs, or license plates if you're not in the vehicle. You can't let your friends or family borrow them for their own use.

Where to park

You can park:

  • On the street, for free, in any parking space that is time restricted (including metered parking). This doesn't apply to privately-owned parking lots or areas reserved for special types of vehicles (fire lanes, loading zones, etc.).
  • In any specially-designated disabled parking space.
  • Note: Van-accessible spaces are designed for use by wheelchair vans. Please use them only if you drive a wheelchair van or no other disabled parking spaces are available.

You can't park in zones or areas:

  • Where stopping, parking, or standing of all vehicles is prohibited.
  • Reserved for special types of vehicles (fire lanes, loading zones, etc.)

How to report abuse of disabled parking privileges

Contact your local police to report individuals who are abusing disabled parking privileges or parking in a disabled parking space illegally.

If you have any questions about disabled parking passes, please contact us. And remember to use Puget Sound License Agency when the time comes to renew or register your WA State vehicle!

 

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