Disability Parking Fact Sheet

Application Process

To apply for a disability parking certificate:

  1. The person with a disability completes the top portion of the application form. The applicant must sign the form. If necessary someone may assist but will require Power of Attorney to sign for the applicant. Be sure to put in the name of the person with the disability and not the person assisting.
  2. Have a medical professional–i.e., physician, chiropractor, advanced practice registered nurse or authorized physician assistant–complete the lower portion of the form and sign it.
  3. Submit the application form may be submitted in person at any Motor Vehicle Registrar’s office, or by mail to the address listed on the back of the application form.

The application form is also available at the Department of Public Safety website:

Application for Disability Parking Certificate (external PDF)

Issuance

Certificates and license plates are issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS). Their phone number is 651-297-3377.

There is no fee charged to individuals requesting a Permanent (valid for 6 years) or Long-Term (up to 72 months) disability parking certificate. A $5 fee is required for a Temporary (up to six months) or Short-term (up to 12 months) certificate.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a disability parking certificate the applicant must meet one or more of the definition(s) of a “physically disabled person”. The applicant is eligible if he or she:

  • Has a cardiac condition to the extent that functional limitations are classified in severity according to the standards set by the American Heart Association.
  • Uses portable oxygen.
  • Is restricted by a respiratory disease.
  • Has an artificial oxygen tension (PAO2) of less than 60 mm/Hg on room air at rest.
  • Has lost an arm or a leg and does not have or cannot use an artificial limb.
  • Cannot walk without the aid of another person or device, e.g., wheelchair or cane.
  • Walking 200 feet would be life threatening.
  • Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
  • Cannot walk without a significant risk of falling.

Privileges

Persons eligible for disability parking certificates or license plates can:

  • Park in appropriate designated disability parking spaces;
  • Park at public parking meters without having to feed the meters;
  • Park in non-metered passenger spaces without regard to time limits unless the limits are posted separately on a sign.

Responsibilities

It is important that individuals use the privileges associated with disability parking in a safe, courteous and legal manner. Please be mindful of the following issues:

  • Never drive with your disability parking certificate hanging from the rear view mirror. When hanging from the rear view mirror, the certificate obstructs your vision and violates Minnesota State Statute 169.71.
  • In a number of parking lots, there is a disability parking space with an 8 foot access aisle and it is designated Van Accessible. If there are other disability spaces available and you do not need the wider space, please leave it for someone with a lift or ramp-equipped van.
  • When parking your vehicle in the disability parking space, never park in the access aisle (hatch-marked area). When there are two or more spaces, the access aisle is shared and may be needed by someone using a wheelchair or other mobility device or someone with a lift- or ramp-equipped van.
  • If you request more than three certificate replacements in a six-year period, you will need to contact us and fill out a questionnaire regarding the use and safeguarding of your certificate.

Gas Station Law

Americans with Disabilities Act: Assistance at Self-Serve Gas Stations, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires self-serve gas stations to provide equal access to their customers with disabilities. If necessary to provide access, gas stations must:

  • Provide refueling assistance upon the request of an individual with a disability. A service station or convenience store is not required to provide such service at any time that it is operating on a remote control basis with a single employee, but is encouraged to do so, if feasible.
  • Let patrons know (e.g., through appropriate signs) that customers with disabilities can obtain refueling assistance by either honking or otherwise signaling an employee.
  • Provide the refueling assistance without any charge beyond the self-service price.

If you have additional questions concerning the ADA, you may call the U.S. Department of Justice’s ADA information hotline at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TDD) or vist the ADA.gov.

Ticketing

Individuals who were issued a ticket even though they had a certificate or license plates should contact the entity that issued the ticket and discuss the process for getting the ticket dismissed.

Out-of-State Parking Permits

Minnesota vehicles displaying disability license plates or parking certificates may utilize parking privileges in other states. As a result of federal law, a reciprocity agreement was made among states to recognize out-of-state disability parking permits or license plates. When planning to travel to another state, it is a good idea to inquire ahead to learn what those specific privileges are.

Residential Disability Parking

For information about on-street residential disability parking spaces, contact:

  • For Minneapolis – Traffic Engineering Section at 612-673-3000
  • St. Paul – Public Works Department at 651-266-6200
  • Outside of Twin City Area – contact your City Planning Office or Police Department

Purchasing Disability Parking Signs

Disability parking signs may be purchased from any local business that prints signs.

Painting on Pavement

Painting the wheelchair symbol on the pavement is not required in code and therefore is not necessary. It is required though, that there be a disability parking sign posted at the head of the space that is visible from within the parked vehicle.

Disability Parking Design Requirements

For information on disability parking design requirements, refer to our Disability Parking Quick Reference Design Guide.

More Information

To review the Disability Parking Laws in Minnesota, refer to the following Minnesota State Statutes:

169.345 PARKING PRIVILEGE FOR PHYSICALLY DISABLED

169.346 DISABILITY PARKING AREAS; CRITERIA, ENFORCEMENT

168.021 PLATES FOR PHYSICALLY DISABLED PERSONS