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    Summary: Disability Plates & Placards in Washington

    People with disabilities in Washington can apply for disabled parking permits from the DOL. Both placards and license plates are available to those who qualify. Handicapped parking permits must be renewed to remain valid. You can replace a placard or plate if it is lost, stolen, or damaged.

    Keep reading for more details about the disability placards and license plates available in Washington.

    Types of WA Disability Permits

    The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) issues the following placards and license plates for handicapped parking:

    • Disability placards for people with temporary and permanent disabilities.
    • Disability license plates for people with permanent disabilities.
    • Disability parking tabs for people permanent disabilities who have special or personalized plates.
    • Disabled veteran license plates for those with a service-related disability.

    NOTE: If you order a license plate or parking tab, you can also get 1 placard.

    Disability placards and plates are also available to organizations that transport people with disabilities. See the WA DOL website for more information about organizational parking permits.

    Visitors with Disabilities

    If you have a handicapped placard or license plate from your home state and you’re just visiting, you may use your parking permit in WA.

    You are responsible for adhering to WA state and local parking regulations.

    Disability Parking Regulations

    With a disabled parking placard or license plate, you can park in spaces designated specifically for persons with disabilities.

    You CANNOT park in spaces that state “no stopping or parking anytime.”

    Apply for Washington Disabled Parking

    There are two ways to apply for a disabled placard or license plate, including a disabled veteran plate:

    • By mail.
      OR
    • In person.

    To apply for a handicapped placard or license plate, you must submit:

    • The Disabled Parking Application for Individuals (Form TD-420-073), which must include medical certification by any of the following:
      • Licensed physician.
      • Physician’s assistant.
      • Registered nurse practitioner.
    • The relevant fee:.
      • License plate: $27.75. (Fee does not include vehicle registration.)
      • Parking tabs are free.
      • Placards are free

    Submit your application:

    • By mail to:
      Individual with Disabilities
      Department of Licensing
      P.O. Box 9043
      Olympia, WA 98507
      OR
    • In person at a vehicle licensing office, except for the Schmidt Insurance Service office in Odessa, WA.

    Renew Disability Placards & Plates

    Disability placards and license plates expire and require renewal or re-application to remain valid.

    Renewal is free for all disability placards and license plates.

    Temporary Placards

    Temporary placards are valid for up to 6 months.

    Once a placard expires, you must return it to the Washington DOL by mail to the address above or in person at a vehicle licensing office.

    If you still need disabled parking, you must apply for a new placard.

    Permanent Disability Parking

    Permanent placards, license plates, and parking tabs are valid for up to 5 years at a time.

    If your permanent disability certification (placard or plate) is still valid OR expired fewer than 31 days ago, you’ll renew by:

    • Completing the renewal reminder sent to you.
      OR
    • Writing and signing a letter stating that you still need disabled parking.

    Submit your renewal reminder or letter:

    • By mail to the address above.
      OR
    • In person at a vehicle licensing office (except for the Schmidt Insurance Service office in Odessa).

    If your permanent disability certification has been expired for 31 days or longer, you must re-apply; you cannot renew.

    NOTE: If you have a disability license plate or tabs, you must ALSO renew your vehicle registration when it is due for your plate to be valid.

    Replace WA Handicap Placards & Plates

    If your placard or license plate is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can get a replacement at some vehicle licensing offices.

    Contact the WA DOL at (360) 902-3770 or (360) 664-0116 (TDD) for a list of offices that offer replacements.

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