Drivers with Disabilities in FloridaPage Overview
Florida Drivers with Disabilities
If you have a disability and drive a motor vehicle in Florida, you can apply for a handicap parking permit. The parking permit allows you to park in designated handicap parking spots, which are designed with accessibility in mind.
On this page you'll find information about handicap permits in Florida, including how to apply for a new permit and how to renew an existing permit that is about to expire.
Obtaining a Florida disabled parking permit is a simple procedure, as long as you have a qualifying disability. These disabilities can be found on the Application for Disabled Person Parking Permit (Form HSMV 83039).
- Fill out the Application for Disabled Person Parking Permit (Form HSMV 83039) and have your medical professional sign the certification statement. Then, return it in person or by mail to your local tax collector's office or license plate agency.
- Provide proof of your valid Florida driver's license or identification card.
- Pay the required fees: $15 (including tax collector's fees) for a temporary permit, valid up to 6 months.
Once you receive your parking permit, you can also apply for a disabled (wheelchair logo) license plate at your local tax collector's office. You'll need to surrender your current FL license plate in exchange for the new one.
The parking permit must be hung on the rearview mirror of the vehicle, and the permit number must be visible to someone standing outside the vehicle.
If you have a long-term permit, you should receive a renewal notice as your expiration date nears. Submit a copy of your current permit registration and proof of your valid Florida driver's license or identification card to your local tax collector's office. Contact the tax collector in your county with any questions.
Extensions are not allowed on temporary permits, so if your disability persists after your permit expires, you'll need to submit another application for a new temporary permit.
Keep in mind that the disabled permit entitles an individual, not the vehicle, to the special parking privileges. Anyone who unlawfully uses a disabled parking permit could be fined or even receive time in jail in Florida.
Do not loan your parking permit to friends or relatives. Even if someone is driving your vehicle to take care of your personal business, he or she can still be fined if you are not present in the vehicle at the time.
If you are visiting Florida and have a disability parking permit from another state, you do not need to apply for a temporary permit during your stay. Florida currently recognizes all disability permits from other states.
If your disabled parking permit is lost, stolen, or damaged, you may replace it by going to a Florida tax collector's office with your driver's license.
If your disabled parking plate is lost, stolen, or damaged, follow the procedures listed on our Replacing a Lost Registration in Florida to have them replaced.