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    Summary: Disability Plates & Placards in Kentucky

    Disability parking placards and license plates are available to Kentucky residents with disabilities. You must apply for a placard or license plate, which will require medical certification of your disability by a medical professional. You will also have to renew your handicapped parking permit. If your placard or plate is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can get a replacement from your county clerk’s office.

    Read below for more details about the disability placards and plates available in Kentucky.

    Types of KY Disability Permits

    If you have a disability, you may be eligible for a disability parking license plate or placard from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC).

    The KTC issues a few types of placards and license plates:

    • Placards for those with temporary or permanent disabilities.
    • License plates for:
      • People with permanent disabilities.
      • Disabled veterans.

    Both handicap placards and plates allow you to park in disabled parking spaces. You can use them for handicapped parking ONLY when you are in the vehicle as the driver or a passenger.

    Visitors with Disabilities

    If you are visiting Kentucky from another state, you can use your disability placard or license plate from your home state for handicap parking in KY.

    All U.S. states recognize disability placards and plates from all other states; however, you must obey each state’s parking rules.

    Apply for Kentucky Disabled Parking

    You can apply for a disability placard or license plate through your Kentucky county clerk’s office. Applications are accepted either by mail or in person.

    You will need:

    • The Application for Disabled Person’s Special Parking Permit (Form TC- 96-204), which must be:
      • Notarized.
        AND
      • Certified and signed by one of the following healthcare professionals:
        • Licensed physician.
        • Chiropractor.
        • Advanced practice registered nurse.
    • Your current license plate, if you are applying for a disability plate or disabled veteran license plate.
    • Payment for the appropriate fee:
      • Placards are free.
      • Disability license plate: $21.
      • Disabled veteran plates are free.

    If you are applying for a disabled veteran license plate, you will also need proof of eligibility in the form of:

    • VA certification of 100% disability resulting from military service.
      OR
    • A copy of the General Order to authorize your Congressional Medal of Honor.

    Submit your application and associated materials to your KY county clerk’s office, either by mail or in person.

    Renew KY Handicap Placards & Plates

    Disability placards and license plates in Kentucky expire and must be renewed for continued use:

    • Temporary parking placards: Valid for up to 3 months based on your doctor’s assessment.
    • Permanent parking placards: Valid for 2 years.
    • License plates: Valid for up to 1 year and expire on July 31st.

    To renew a temporary or permanent disabled parking placard, you must:

    Placard renewal is free.

    NOTE: Depending on your county, permanent handicapped placards may not require medical re-certification. Contact your county clerk’s office for information.

    To renew your disability license plate, you must renew your vehicle registration. Fees for license plate are based on the plate type:

    • Disability plates: $21.
    • Disabled veteran plates are free.

    Replace Disability Placards & Plates

    If your parking placard has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request a replacement by contacting your county clerk’s office in Kentucky.

    If you need a duplicate disability license plate, you’ll find more information on our KY license plate page.

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