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    Summary: Disability Plates & Placards in Georgia

    Disabled parking placards—both temporary and permanent—and license plates are available to Georgia residents with disabilities. You can apply for a placard or plate through the GA DOR, the same agency that handles car registration and license plates. You must renew your handicapped parking placard or plate for it to remain valid, and you can request a replacement permit if yours is lost, stolen, or damaged.

    Continue reading this page for more information on handicapped placards and license plates available from the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR).

    Types of Georgia Disability Permits

    If you are a Georgia resident with a disability, you may qualify for a disabled placard or license plate that allows you to park in designated disabled spaces.

    You may be eligible for one of the following permits depending upon the nature and duration of your disability:

    • Temporary disability placard.
    • Permanent disability placard or special permanent placard.
    • Disability license plate.
    • Disabled veteran license plate.

    Disability placards are also available to institutions for vehicles that regularly provide transportation to people with disabilities.

    Traveling with a Disability Placard or Plate

    If you are traveling to Georgia from another state, you DO NOT need a GA placard or license plate for handicapped parking if you have one from your home state.

    Georgia recognizes disabled parking permits from all other states, and all other states recognize GA handicap placards and plates.

    Apply for Disability Parking in GA

    You can apply for a handicapped placard or license plate in person from your county tag office.

    Some offices may accept applications by mail. Contact your local Georgia DOR office for more information.

    Parking Placards

    The following placards are available from the GA DOR:

    • Temporary parking permit is free.
    • Permanent parking permit is free.
    • Special permanent parking permit is free.
      • These are for specially modified vehicles or disabilities involving the inability to use both arms.

    To apply for any disability placard in Georgia, you will need a Disabled Person’s Parking Affidavit (Form MV-9D), that includes medical certification by one of the following professionals:

    • A licensed physician.
    • An osteopath, podiatrist, or chiropractor.
    • An optometrist.

    Submit your application in person at your county tag office, or contact them to ask about applying by mail.

    NOTE: Institutions can also use the Disabled Person’s Parking Affidavit (Form MV-9D) to apply for a disability placard.

    Disability License Plates

    You can apply for a disability license plate if:

    • You or your dependent has a permanent disability.
      AND
    • You have a vehicle registered in your name.

    NOTE: When you apply for a disability license plate, you are also applying for a permanent placard.

    To apply for a disabled person’s license plate, you must submit:

    Submit your license plate application to your Georgia county tag office in person, or call to check if they accept applications by mail.

    Disabled Veteran License Plates

    To qualify for disabled veteran license plates from the GA DOR, you must have a qualifying service-related disability, such as:

    • 100% disability status.
    • Loss of hands or feet.
    • Vision loss.

    To apply for a disabled veteran plate, you will need:

    • The Request for Manufacture of a Special Veteran License Plate (Form MV-9W).
    • Proof of disability:
      • A VA entitlement letter for VA certified disabilities.
        OR
      • A certified statement from your doctor confirming your disability.
    • Proof of military service:
      • Discharge papers.
        OR
      • Documentation of current service.

    Disabled veteran license plates are issued for free. You may still be responsible for vehicle taxes.

    You can submit your application in person at your Georgia county tax office.

    Renew a GA Handicap Permit

    All disability parking placards and license plates in Georgia expire, even permits for permanent disabilities.

    Temporary parking placards are valid for up to 180 days, depending on your medical professional’s certification. You must apply for a new temporary placard if you need it longer.

    Permanent disability placards and special equipment placards are valid for 4 years or longer and must be renewed. Contact your county tag office for renewal requirements.

    Georgia disabled license plates and disabled veteran license plates are renewed by renewing your vehicle registration. Since you’ll have a permanent placard with your license plate, you must also renew your disability placard.

    Replace Disability Placards & Plates

    If your handicapped parking placard or license plate has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you can contact your local GA DOR office for information about replacing it.

    Additional information about replacement license plates is available on our GA license plate page.

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