Disabled Parking

Disabled Parking:  Parking spaces marked with these signs are reserved for people with disabled parking permits.

disabled parking sign

Note: Only vehicles displaying government-issued disabled plates or placards are allowed to park in spaces designated for persons with disabilities, or handicaps.

The DMV offers parking placards and plates for customers with temporary or permanent disabilities that limit or impair their mobility.  They are also available to customers with a condition that creates a safety concern while walking (examples are Alzheimer’s disease, blindness or developmental amentia).

The placard must hang from the rearview mirror when the vehicle is in a disabled parking space. 

Virginia’s disabled parking placards and plates display the International Symbol of Access and are valid in all 50 states and other countries.  Disabled parking privileges allow you to park in any parking space designated for a disabled person and park for up to four hours in metered or time-restricted spaces without paying a fee, unless prohibited by the local government.

It is a serious misuse of placards and plates for the disabled when someone other than the person with a disability used the placard or plate to park in a space reserved for people with disabilities.  The person to whom the placard or plates was issued must be traveling in the vehicle in order to use these spaces.  A conviction of this offense could result in fines of up to $500 and/or the revocation of your disabled parking privileges, requiring you to surrender your placard or plates. 

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