Drivers with Disabilities in South CarolinaPage Overview
South Carolina Drivers with Disabilities
If you drive a vehicle in South Carolina and have a disability, you may be eligible for a handicap license plate and parking permits. South Carolina handicap plates and permits allow you to park in designated parking spots that often include easily accessible pathways and ramps close to the front of most buildings.
Depending on the nature of your disability and your specific circumstances, you may be eligible for either temporary or permanent disability permits.
On this page you'll find a general overview of the handicap permit application process in South Carolina. If you find you have specific questions about your application, please contact the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
South Carolina residents who are disabled may apply for a disabled license plate and portable, plastic placards to hang on the rearview mirrors of their vehicles.
Before you can apply for a disabled license plate and placards, you and your doctor must complete a Disabled Placard and License Plate Application (Form RG-007A), available for download.
On the application, your doctor must certify that your condition causes medical/walking impairment due to least one of the following reasons:
- You use a wheelchair.
- You use braces.
- You use a walker.
- You use crutches.
- You use a portable respirator.
- You have any other type of condition that causes mobility impairment.
Your doctor must also record the length of time you will be disabled. If you disability is temporary, you will typically be issued temporary handicap permits.
If you have questions about the qualifying medical conditions or are looking for medical advice, please contact your doctor.
Non-disabled Applicants in South Carolina
If you are not disabled, but are an immediate family member of a disabled person or use your vehicle to transport disabled people, you may also apply for a disabled license plate and placards.
Simply complete the application and include a written statement explaining exactly why the plate and placards are needed.
For more information, please contact the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Completing a SC Disabled Plate/Permit Application
A disabled license plate is $20 for a passenger vehicle and is valid for 2 years.
You may also ask for portable placards to use in any vehicle for $1 each. Only one photo placard will be issued per customer requiring one.
You can apply for these tags by mail. Send the completed application, the tag and/or placard fee, and a copy of your current insurance card, to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles address on the form.
For more information, check out our special License Plates and Placards page.
South Carolina has a reciprocal agreement with all other states. If you're a traveling SC resident, other states will honor your valid state-issued handicapped plates and placards. If you're a visitor, SC will recognize your own state's plates and placards.
If you need more information, contact the appropriate DMV agency in the state where you will be traveling.