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Disability Information

DMV provides disability access to all of our service centers, including the Inspection Station and Adjudication Services.

DMV offers disability tags for vehicles of persons requiring such assistance and parking placards/permits for persons requiring such assistance. On behalf of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), which regulates parking in the District, DMV issues parking placards/permits, which are available to DC residents. The placards are placed inside the vehicle on the rear view mirror. DMV also issues disability tags, which are only available to DC residents. These disability tags replace the vehicle's tags. DC residents may be issued one set of disability tags and a disability parking placard/permit. Disability tags or parking placards/permits for people with disabilities are available at all DMV service locations.

Disability Tags

The Application for Disability Parking Placard or Tags [PDF] is available at any DMV service center location and on this website. You must be a DC resident to obtain disability tags.

The application includes a portion that must be completed by your physician if you are applying for a disability tag. The application completed by your physician may be mailed to DC DMV, Medical Review Services, PO Box 90120, Washington, DC 20090, faxed to (202) 673-9908 or brought to any DMV service location.

If your application is approved, you may be issued disability tags. By law, DC residents may be issued one set of disability tags and a disability parking placard/permit. You have the option to receive disability tags for one or two years based on your vehicle registration.

Please note that if you request disability tags, you must present your current driver license or non-driver identification card, current vehicle tags (if not an initial application), and a vehicle registration in your name before receiving the new tags.

There is no extra charge for disability tags. However, there is the normal, annual registration fee for the disability tag. Also, if you already have pleasure tags and are obtaining disability tags, there is a $10 tag transfer fee. You must surrender any existing tags to obtain disability tags.

Only the vehicle owner, as depicted on the vehicle registration for the disability tags, may use the vehicle to park in a disability space. If someone other than the vehicle owner is driving the vehicle with disability tags, he/she cannot park in a disability space unless the vehicle owner is also in the vehicle.

Disability Parking Placards/Permits

On behalf of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), which regulates parking in the District, DMV issues three types of disability parking placards and permits.

The Application for Disability Parking Placard or Tags [PDF] (used for temporary and long-term placars) and the One-Week Temporary Disability Parking Permit Application [PDF] (used for one-week permits) are available at any DMV service location and on this website.

The application includes a portion that must be completed by your physician if you are applying for a temporary or long-term disability placard, except as otherwise indicated on the form. There is no physician certification required for the one-week permit. The application may be mailed to: DC DMV, ATTN: Disability Services, PO Box 90120, Washington, DC 20090, faxed to (202) 673-9908 or brought to any DMV service location.

If your request is approved, you may be issued either a one-week permit (no physician’s signature required), a temporary placard (up to eight years) or a long-term placard (eight years to coincide with the expiration of your driver license or identification card). By law, one placard and one set of vehicle tags may be issued for each applicant that is a DC resident.

There is no charge for a disability placard or permit. If you mailed or faxed in your application, DMV will mail the parking placard or permit to you. If you prefer to process your application in person, you may visit any DMV service center location. You may also send someone in your place, provided they bring a copy of your driver license or identification card. Disabled parking placards must be displayed and readable from the front windshield.

Disability Tag and Parking Placard/Permit Renewal

Tags

You will receive a renewal notice approximately 60 days prior to your tags expiring. You may renew your disability vehicle tags online or by mail at

DC DMV
ATTN: Disability Services,
PO Box 90120,
Washington, DC 20090 

You must complete an Application for Disability Parking Placard or Tags [PDF] and follow the registration renewal process to renew the disability tags. You will be required to pay the tag renewal fee.

Parking Placard/Permit

Temporary and long-term parking placards are renewable within 60 days of their expiration. The one-week parking permit is not renewable within a one-year period. You must complete an Application for Disability Parking Placard or Tags [PDF] in order to renew a temporary or long-term parking placard. You (or your designee) may renew your parking placard in person at any DMV service center location, by fax at (202) 673-9908 or by mail. If renewing a temporary or long-term parking placard by mail, please send the completed Application for Disability Parking Placard or Tags [PDF] to DC DMV, ATTN: Disability Services, PO Box 90120, Washington, DC 20090. If you give someone permission to renew a temporary or long-term parking placard for you at a DMV service center, they must bring a copy of your drivers license or identification card and a letter that is signed by you with them to the DMV service center.

Disability parking placards/permits or tags from DC or any state allow you to:

  • Park in any parking space designated for a disabled person.
  • Park for free for double the posted time in any metered spaces, or time-restricted spaces such as Residential Permit Parking (RPP) zones

Disability parking privileges DO NOT allow you to stop, stand or park in the following areas:

  • Where parking is prohibited.
  • In spaces reserved for other special types of vehicles.
  • Where it would clearly present a traffic hazard.

Please note: Parking privileges may vary by jurisdiction. Private parking facilities, such as airport parking lots, may restrict the time and parking for vehicles displaying disability parking placards/permits or tags.

For more information regarding disability rights, visit the DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) website. You may also read the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Overview [PDF].

For information regarding recent regulation changes, refer to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

Violations and Penalties

Remember, it's unlawful to:

  • Park in a space reserved for disabled individuals without displaying your disability placard/permit or tag.
  • Allow anyone to use your placard/permit or tags unless they are transporting you. Create or use a counterfeit copy of a disability parking placard/permit or vehicle tags.
  • Alter a disability parking placard/permit or vehicle tags.
  • Make a false statement about a disability in order to obtain or assist someone else in obtaining a disability parking placard/permit or vehicle tags.

Violations of these offenses could result in fines and/or imprisonment or the revocation of your disability parking privileges.

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