How to Get a Handicapped Parking Placard in North Carolina


North Carolina offers a variety of accommodations for its licensed drivers. People who have physical disabilities and need to park in handicapped parking spaces can apply for official permission to do so through the North Carolina Department of Transportation. If you do not have a handicapped parking placard and have a demonstrated need for one, apply for the placard.

Things You'll Need

  • Driver's license
  • Application forms
  • Physician's signature
  • Application fees
  • Discuss your health and mobility with your physician. According to North Carolina law, being handicapped is defined as being unable to walk more than 200 feet without help or a break; using a mobility aid; having restricted lung capacity requiring portable oxygen; or having a Class III or Class IV (defined by the American Heart Association) cardiovascular condition. If you fit into one of these classifications, you are eligible for a North Carolina handicapped placard.

  • Download and complete the appropriate application form for a handicapped placard (see Resources). Placards for temporary disabilities, such as a broken leg, are valid for one to six months. Placards for permanent disabilities, such as arthritis, chronic lung disease or other degenerative illnesses, are valid for five years and are renewable. You will need your driver's license number to complete the form. Paper forms are also available at North Carolina motor vehicle offices.

  • Give the application form to your physician to sign.

  • Bring the completed application to your local motor vehicle office, or mail it to the central North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, 3148 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699.

  • Include the application fee when your hand-deliver or mail your application for a handicapped parking placard. Placards are $5 and are payable by cash or personal check only. Each applicant may apply for two placards.


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