Disability Plates and Placards in Alabama

Alabama Disability Placards & Plates

If you are disabled, you can apply for special placards and Alabama license plate decal that give you access to handicapped parking spaces.

The Alabama Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) issues these placards and plate decals.

NOTE: If you are from out of state visiting Alabama temporarily, you can use your out-of-state disability parking permit to park in designated handicap spaces.

Types of AL Disability Plate Decals & Placards

You may be eligible for an Alabama MVD disability license plate decal if you own a vehicle and have a permanent disability. You can also apply for:

  • Permanent disabled placards (blue), valid for up to 5 years.
  • Temporary disabled placards (red), valid for no more than 6 months.

Your physician must certify your disability, which will determine the type of permit you get:

  • If you have a permanent disability, you can receive:
    • License plate decal for each car you own.
    • 1 placard.
  • If you have a permanent disability and do not get a license plate decal, you can request 2 placards.
  • If you have a temporary disability, you will receive 1 placard.
  • If you have a disability related to military service, you may be eligible for a disabled veteran (DV) license plate decal.

NOTE: Organizations are eligible for plate decals and placards ONLY IF they transport people with disabilities that affect their mobility.

The blue disability access decal must be placed in the upper left corner of any passenger vehicle license plate or motorcycle license plate

Parking Rules & Restrictions

You can use your handicap permit to park in disabled parking spaces when you are either the driver or a passenger.

To correctly display your placard in clear view for law enforcement:

  • Hang it from your rearview mirror.
  • Put it on your dashboard.

Apply for Disability Parking in Alabama

You must apply for any AL disability parking placard or plate decal in person at your local AL MVD office. You will need:

  • The Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges (Form MVR 32-6-230).
  • Certification of your condition by a licensed physician, completed on the application form.
  • Payment for the appropriate fee:
    • Automobile license plates decal: $23 each.
    • Motorcycle license plates decal: $15 each.
    • Placards: Free.

You will receive your placards after the Alabama MVD reviews your application and determines that you meet the standards required.

Disabled Veteran Plates

To apply for disabled veteran (DV) license plate decal, you will need:

DV license plate decal registration fees vary based on your disability rating and vehicle. Contact the Alabama MVD for more information.

Renewing AL Disability Parking Permits

Permanent placards and license plate decals in Alabama are valid for up to 5 years at a time. You can renew them by:

  • Completing the Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges (Form MVR 32-6-230).
  • Self-certifying your disability (a physician does not need to certify it).
  • Paying the appropriate fees:
    • $23 for each motor vehicle license plate decal.
    • $15 for each motorcycle license plate decal.
    • NOTE: Placards are free.

Temporary placards are valid for up to 6 months. To extend your parking privilege, you must re-apply for a temporary placard.

See our section “ Apply for Disability Parking in Alabama" above for more information.

NOTE: If you need to renew your Alabama disability license plate decal, visit our Registration Renewal page. You may need to bring in the same applicable disability certification paperwork as you did when you originally applied for your license plate decal.

Replace a Disability Parking Permit in AL

To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged Alabama disability placard or plate decal, you must:


MVR 32-6-230
Application For Disability Access Parking Privileges
Alabama MVD application for permanent OR temporary disability license plates OR placards. Must be signed by your doctor.
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