Disabled Parking Permits For Visitors To The United States

Handicapped parking marker

The requirements for disabled permits for visiting motorists vary from state to state. In some cases an out of state or international permit is sufficient; in others a local, temporary permit is required. Where applicable, it is worth checking with your car hire company or contacting a local tourist office representing your destination.

Many states’ Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMV) now provide information and/or application forms on their websites.

National Parks & Department of Transportation

Car Rental Companies

Many of the major car rental companies have disabled/accessible information on their websites. Some will rent vehicles suitable for transporting wheelchairs.  Customers should check with their car rental company as to what services and assistance they are able to provide.

Popular DMV’s

Following are web links and addresses for the appropriate departments of some of the more popular holiday destinations. You may also find it helpful to check the FIA’s (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) Guide for the Disabled Traveller.

Links to other Motor Vehicles Departments can be found on the website of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

  • California
    DMV Placard
    P. O. Box 942869
    Sacramento, California 94269-0001
    tel: (916) 657-8135
  • Florida
    Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
    Motor Vehicles Division
    Neil Kirkman Bldg
    Tallahassee FL 32399-0620
    See also: Disabled Parking Permits for Florida Visitors
  • Illinois
    Secretary of State
    Persons with Disabilities License Plates/Placard Unit
    501 S. 2nd Street, Rm. 541
    Springfield IL 62756
    tel: (217)-782-2709, (217)-782-2434 or (217)-782-3166
  • Massachusetts
    Attn: Medical Affairs Branch
    Registry of Motor Vehicles
    PO Box 199100
    Boston, MA 02119-9100
    tel: (617) 351-2700
  • Nevada
    Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety
    Registration Division
    Special Plate Section
    555 Wright Way
    Carson City NV 89711-0760
    tel: (775) 687-3281
  • New York
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    6 Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY 12228
    tel: (518) 473-9324
  • Texas
    Vehicle Titles and Registration
    Department of Transportation
    200 E. Riverside Drive
    Austin TX 78704
    tel: (512) 465-7611
  • Virginia
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    P.O. Box 27412
    Richmond VA 23269
    tel: (804) 367-6602