Disability Plates and Placards in Hawaii

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SUMMARY: Hawaii Disability Plates & Placards

Disability placards and license plates are available to residents of Hawaii with qualifying disabilities. You can apply for a placard or plate for handicapped parking in a few simple steps, and it's also easy to renew your disability permit. You can even get a replacement placard or plate if yours is lost, stolen, or damaged.

Read below for more information about disability placards and license plates in Hawaii.

Types of Disability Permits in Hawaii

Placards and license plates for handicapped parking are available throughout Hawaii from DMV offices and city satellite offices, in cooperation with the Hawaii Department of Health Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB).

The state of Hawaii offers several types of disability parking permits:

  • A temporary disability placard, if you have a disability expected to last no longer than 6 months.
  • A long-term disability placard, if you have a disability expected to last at least 6 years.
  • A disability license plate if you have:
    • A long-term disability.
    • A vehicle registered in your name.

Disability parking permits are issued based on the mobility disability as certified by a Hawaii-licensed physician or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Visitors with Disabilities

If you are traveling to Hawaii, bring your disability parking placard from your home state.

Disability placards from all U.S. states are recognized in HI and allow you to use designated disability parking stalls while you are visiting.

Apply for Disability Parking Permits in Hawaii

You can apply for a disability parking permit at:

First time, replacement, temporary placards, and license plates are processed in-person at your respective issuing agency.

NOTE: You can designate someone to submit your application on your behalf if your physician or APRN certifies that you are not able to appear in-person on the application form.

To apply, you will need:

  • The Person with a Disability Parking Permit Application (Form PA 2):
    • MUST include medical certification by a Hawaii Licensed Physician or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who is licensed to practice in Hawaii.
  • A form of identification:
    • Driver's license.
    • State-issued ID card.
    • Tax clearance certificate.
    • Military ID.
      NOTE: If someone is applying on your behalf, they'll need to bring your original, VALID identification card and the completed application form. They'll also need to bring a valid ID card.
  • Payment for applicable fees:
    • Temporary and replacement placard: $12 each.
    • First-time and renewal placard is free.
    • Disability license plate: $5.50 plus any applicable registration fees.
      NOTE: Your local agency may charge additional service or processing fees.

Renew HI Handicap Placards & Plates

The renewal period for disability placards and license plates in Hawaii differs depending on your permit type.

A temporary Hawaii disability placard will be valid for as long as your doctor indicates, but no longer than 6 months. To renew, you must apply for a new one.

Long-term disability placards are valid for 6 years. To renew your placard, you and your physician or APRN must complete the application. Mail the completed application form with a copy of your ID to:

Disability and Communications Access Board
P.O. Box 3377
Honolulu, HI 96801

If you have any questions, contact the Disability and Communications Access Board (DCAB) at (808) 586-8121.

Long-Term Disability license plates are valid for 6 years. Renewal of your long-term disability placard will also renew your license plates for another 6 years. Remember to renew your registration and pay the associated fees.

Replace Disability Placards & Plates

You can replace a disability placard or license plate if yours is lost, stolen, or damaged.

Replacement disabled parking placard applications are accepted in person at:

To replace a disability placard, you will need:

  • A completed Person with a Disability Parking Permit Application (Form PA 2). If your placard is not expired, you do not need to obtain a physician or APRN's signature. Only complete side 1 of the application form.
  • Replacement placard fee: ​$12.
  • The damaged placard, if applicable.

Replacement license plates are issued by your local HI city or county agency that issues license plates and vehicle registration. For more information, contact your local motor vehicle office.

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