The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers California drivers with disabilities the option to get a disability license plate and disability placard. These allow eligible California residents to park in areas marked with a wheelchair symbol, next to a blue or green curb, in a metered parking spot for free and in spaces usually reserved for those that possess resident or merchant permits. You must meet certain medical requirements in order to qualify for a California disability license plate or placard. If you want to find out your eligibility for a disabled person's (DP) license plate or placard, you should submit an application to the California DMV for consideration. The applicant must be a resident of California. Make sure that the vehicle is currently registered under the disabled person's name. If not, the applicant must register the vehicle in his name before continuing with the application process.
Download and print out the Application for Disabled Person Placard or Plates from California's DMV website (see References). Fill out and sign the first page of the application on your own.
Bring the application form to your licensed health care provider and have her complete and sign the second page of the application.
Prepare the appropriate fees, if applicable. It costs $6 for a temporary parking placard; make a check or money order payable to "DMV." Permanent disability parking placards and license plates are issued at no charge.
Submit the completed application form, a copy of your vehicle registration and applicable fees to the DMV to find out if you qualify for a disability license plate or placard. The mailing address is DMV Placard, P.O. Box 932345, Sacramento, CA, 94232-3450.