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Apply for Disability Parking Placards and Permits

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

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

Types of Parking Placards/Permits for Disabled Persons

Effective May 23, 2005, DMV began issuing new placards/permits. Placards issued before this date continue to be valid until they expire.

When you request a disability parking placard/permit at any DMV service location, you are given a receipt to have available for parking and law enforcement personnel.

There are three types of placards/permits available – One-Week, Temporary and Long-Term.

One-Week Permits

One-Week permits are issued to customers who only require the placard for a week or less, such as visitors, residents with a short-term disability or residents whose vehicle with disability tags is being repaired. The customer can self-certify their disability without a requirement to obtain a physician's certification. The permit is not renewable within a one-year period.

Temporary Placards

Temporary placards are issued to customers with a physical condition that substantially impairs their mobility, and is expected to last no longer than five years. Your physician must certify the application and indicate the expected length of your disability. If your disabled privileges are needed for a longer period of time, a new application with a physician's certification is required.

Long-Term Placards

Long-term placards are issued to customers with a long-term disability. The list of qualifying disabilities are included on the application. A physician's certification is not required if the customer has an obvious missing lower extremity. The placard is valid up to 8 years to coincide with the expiration of the customer's license or identification card. To renew, a new application with a physician's certification is required.

Temporary and long-term placards expire on the last day of the month and year indicated on the placard.

Placards/permits should be hung from the rearview mirror while the vehicle is parked in a space authorized for the disabled or if free meter parking is desired. Placards/permits must be removed from the rearview mirror while the vehicle is in motion.


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