Disability Plates and Placards in Delaware

SUMMARY: Delaware Disability Plates & Placards

Delaware residents with disabilities can apply for a disability permit from the DE DMV, which issues both placards and license plates for handicapped parking. Placards and plates must be renewed, with several renewal options, including online. Lost or stolen placards or plates can also be replaced.

Continue reading below for details about disability placards and plates in Delaware.

Types of DE Disability Permits

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues several types of handicapped parking permits:

  • Placards that that hang on your rearview mirror, available for:
    • Temporary disabilities.
    • Permanent disabilities.
  • License plates that replace the standard license plate, available for:
    • Permanent disabilities.
    • Disabled veterans.

Both the placard and license plate allow you to park in areas designated for people with disabilities. You may NOT park in spaces that are clearly marked “no stopping or parking anytime."

If you are just visiting Delaware, you can use your disability placard or plate from your home state for handicapped parking while in DE.

Apply for Delaware Disability Parking

You can apply for a disabled parking placard or license plate either by mail or in person. You will need:

Disability parking placards are free. Disability license plates cost the standard vehicle registration fee.

Submit your application in person at a Delaware DMV office or by mail to:

State of Delaware
Division of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 698
Dover, DE 19903
ATTN: Correspondence

If you are 85 years old or older, you can also complete the application online. You DO NOT need medical certification, but you do need proof of your age.

Disabled Veteran License Plates

Disabled veteran license plates are considered personalized license plates and DO NOT allow you access to disabled parking.

For disabled parking, you must complete the application process explained above.

If you want a disabled veteran plate, you must submit:

Submit your application in person at a DE DMV office.

Renew a Handicap Placard or Plate in DE

Disabled parking placards and plates have expiration dates and must be renewed or re-issued for continued use.

A temporary disabled placard is valid for up to 90 days. If you need your parking access for longer, you must re-apply for a permit, which requires new medical certification. See Apply for Delaware Disability Parking for more information.

A permanent disabled placard is valid for 3 years. You can renew your permanent placard:

You should receive your placard in the mail.

To renew your disability license plate, you must renew your vehicle registration.

Replace a Disability Placard or Plate

If your disability placard is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request a replacement online using the DMV’s renewal system. Simply fill in the required information. You may have to pay a small replacement fee.

If your disabled license plate is lost, stolen, or damaged, see our DE license plate page for information about replacing it.


Application for Special DAV License Plates
Apply for disabled veteran license plates with the DE Division of Motor Vehicles. Form must be accompanied by a certification letter from the Veterans Administration.
Application for Special License Plate or Special Parking ID Placard for Persons with Disabilities
Apply for permanent OR temporary disabled parking placards OR license plates with the Division of Motor Vehicles. Form must be completed by a doctor.
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