Drivers with Disabilities in Oregon
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Drivers with disabilities in Oregon may obtain permits for special parking privileges. To qualify for a disabled person parking permit, individuals must be certified as having a permanent or temporary disability by an authorized health care specialist. You must meet the requirements of Oregon Code 59-801.235.
To obtain a disabled person parking permit, applicants must have a valid Oregon driver license or identification card. No fee is required, but a completed Application for Disabled Person Parking Permit with a licensed physician's signature must be submitted to the DMV.
For renewable and temporary permits, apply in person at a DMV location, or mail the application to:
- Driver Issuance Unit
- 1905 Lana Ave NE
- Salem, OR 97314
For a family or program disabled parking permit, you must apply by mail to the same address.
If you qualify for a "no photo" parking ID card as certified by a physician, then you must apply for it by mail to the same address.
If you do not have a current, valid Oregon driver license or ID card, you must apply in person at a DMV office.
Oregon recognizes disabled parking permits that are issued by other states or countries. Conversely, most other states honor Oregon temporary disability parking placards. To find out for sure, contact the DMV for the state you plan to visit, or visit our Drivers with Disabilities section for that state. Also, see under "temporary permits" below for special temporary permits for travelers and foreign visitors.
The Oregon DMV issues the following types of permits, which vary in privileges.
Renewable permits are valid until the expiration of the associated driver license or ID card (up to eight years), and must be renewed along with license or ID card renewal:
- Renewable disabled person parking permit, valid for up to eight years
- Family disabled parking permit, valid for up to eight years
- Program disabled parking permit (for organizations that transport disabled persons), valid for up to eight years
Temporary permits are valid for a length of time deemed necessary by a physician, but not to exceed six months. Special travel permit and foreign visitor permits are also available (contact your local DMV for details):
- Temporary disabled parking permit, valid for as long as six months
- Temporary duplicate disabled parking permit (for travel purposes), valid for 30 days
- Foreign visitor disabled parking permit, valid for 30 days
There are both light blue and darker blue-colored disabled parking permits currently acceptable in Oregon, and both have the same valid disabled parking privileges.
The family, renewable, and temporary permits allow the permit holder or person transporting permit holder to park in the following:
- Any parking place reserved for disabled parking
- A public parking zone that has a limit of more than 30 minutes without paying the parking meter fee or overtime penalties
The program permit allows parking in:
- Any space reserved for disabled parking for three hours or less.
- A metered parking zone for three hours or less without paying the parking meter fee or overtime penalties. (This does not include spaces where parking is permitted for 30 minutes or less, in which case parking with these permits is allowed only for the posted time period.)
To replace a disabled person parking permit that is lost, destroyed or mutilated, complete and submit an Application for Replacement Disabled Person Parking Permit. You do not have to have a certificate of disability for the replacement application, as long as one has been filed on or after October 2, 1989 and is on file with the DMV. There is no cost.
The only disabled license plates in Oregon are disabled veterans plates. These plates plates do not allow parking in disabled spaces―a disabled parking permit or decal is still required for this privilege.
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- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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