Disabled Person Parking Permits

Disabled Person Parking Permits
The permanent disabled parking permit is issued to a qualified individual for a period of up to four (4) years from the date of issuance and expires on the applicant’s birthday. There is no fee for the permit.

An Application for Disabled Person Parking Permit must be completed, signed, and dated by the applicant and a certifying authority within the last 12 months.

CERTIFYING AUTHORITIES: The “Physician/Certifying Practitioner’s Statement of Certification” section on HSMV 83039 must be completed by one of the following and must include the certifying authority’s license number and the name of the state where their license was issued:

  • Physician licensed to practice under Chapters 458, 459 or 460, Florida Statutes, or similarly licensed by another state.
  • Documentation of the physician’s licensure in the other state must be submitted with a signed statement verifying the physician’s knowledge of Florida’s eligibility guidelines (s. 320.0848(1)(b)2., 2, Florida Statutes) 

Applicants can make an appointment and bring their application to receive a disabled person’s parking permit, or they can mail the application into our office and receive their placard in the mail. The address to mail is: PO Box 1590, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-1590. 

All disabled persons (including minor children) applying for a permanent parking permit must have a current Florida driver license or identification card issued unless a qualifying special exception applies, and the physician completes the applicable section of HSMV 83039 to denote the exception. (Note: applicants granted a special exception will still need to provide valid proof of identity.)

The permit should be displayed on the rear-view mirror when parking in a designated space. The permit can be used in any vehicle carrying the disabled person. The permit is issued to the disabled person, not the vehicle. Anyone improperly using the permit can be issued a parking citation. Qualifying organizations may obtain multiple permanent parking permits for transporting disabled persons. The Application for Disabled Person Parking Permit must be completed by an authorized agent for the organization.

Temporary Disabled
Parking Permit

The temporary disabled parking permit is issued to a qualified individual for a period of six (6) months. The fee for the temporary permit is $15.00. If a second permit is needed within 12 months of the original issuance, there is no fee for the second permit.

An Application for Disabled Person Parking Permit must be completed, signed, and dated by the applicant and a certifying authority within the last 12 months.

A disabled person applying for a temporary parking permit must have a valid Florida driver license or a Florida identification card unless the applicant resides out of state or out of country. Review FLHSMV’s official motor vehicle procedure RS-38 for application requirements for out of state and out of country residents.

The permit should be displayed on the rear-view mirror when parking in a designated space. The permit can be used in any vehicle carrying the disabled person

The permit is issued to the disabled person, not the vehicle. Anyone improperly using the permit can be issued a parking citation.  

Individuals who meet the medical qualifications are eligible to choose from a wheelchair symbol license plate, a disabled parking permit, or may be issued a combination of the two. Applicants can choose to have a wheelchair plate assigned to each vehicle they own, but only one parking permit (eligible to be used in any vehicle carrying the disabled person) will be issued per individual. (Note: a second disabled parking permit can be issued if the applicant is quadriplegic or a frequent traveler and indicates this in the applicable area of HSMV 83039.)

An Application for Disabled Person Parking Permit must be completed, signed, and dated by the applicant and a certifying authority within the last 12 months.
(Note: applicants who are 100% disabled veterans may use their current 100% disability letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs to apply for a disabled parking permit renewal or replacement.)

Vehicles with disabled parking placards or wheelchair license plates displayed may park at parking meters free of charge unless otherwise posted. The vehicle must be transporting the disabled person when using a designated disabled parking space. 

Disabled Person Parking Permits
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