Disabled Parking, Placards and Plates
A blue placard is for a person who has a permanent disability. This placard is renewable every 4 years.
A red placard is for a person who has a temporary disability. This placard expires in 6 months or less.
A license plate with the International Symbol of Access (ISA) is for a person who has a permanent disability.
Those with a disabled parking placard or a license plate displaying the ISA may:
- Park in any spot designated for persons with disabilities.
- Be exempt from local and state government parking meters. State law does not allow you to exceed the meter limit, but cities may pass ordinances to extend your meter time.
If you are visiting Texas from another state or country, your valid disabled parking placard and plates will be honored, providing the placard/plate is valid. However, you must abide by Texas laws regarding parking privileges, which may be different from your home state or country.
Placard and plate eligibility is based on a medical condition that meets the legal definition of a disability. "Disability" means a condition in which a person has:
- Visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting lenses
- Visual acuity of more than 20/200 but with a limited field of vision in which the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle of 20 degrees or less
- Mobility problems that substantially impair a person's ability to move around; these problems can be caused by:
- Lung disease
- Cardiac deficiency
- Wheelchair confinement
- Foot disorder
- Other medical condition causing a person to use a brace, cane, crutch or other assistive device.
A parking placard or plate is ONLY valid when being used by the person with the disability or someone who is driving the person with the disability.
It is a violation of state law to use the placard or plates for a disabled parking spot without the person with the disability in the vehicle. People who misuse disabled parking placards are subject to fines of up to $1,250 and/or up to 50 hours of community service.
How to Apply
You may apply for a placard and/or plate at your local county tax assessor-collector's office.
To apply for a "permanent" (blue) placard or "temporary" (red) placard, you must:
- Ask your doctor or health care provider to complete the Disability Statement section of the application
- Submit the completed application and payment (if applicable) to your county tax office
How to Renew
To renew a "permanent" (blue) placard, you must:
- Complete the Affidavit portion of a new application (not the disability statement), including the signature of the applicant
- Submit a copy of the original application, along with the new application to your county tax office. If you do not have a copy of your application, you may also submit your expiring placard(s) to your county tax office.
Note: If you have a "temporary" (red) placard that expires, you will need to apply for a new placard if your temporary disability extends beyond the six-month limit.
& Seized Placards
Lost or Stolen Placard
If your placard is lost or stolen, you can replace it by presenting a copy of the Form VTR-214 that you originally submitted, to your local county tax assessor-collector office. If you do not have a copy of the form or the county tax assessor-collector office cannot verify the placard was issued, you will need to apply for a new disabled placard by completing a new application.
Seizure of Placard
A law enforcement officer may seize a placard if the officer believes a parking offense has been committed. Confiscated placards are returned to TxDMV.
The owner of the placard may request a hearing to explain the situation, after which we determine if the placard should be returned to the owner.
Disabled Veteran license plates feature "DV" as part of the license plate number. DV-designated plates provide the same parking rights and privileges as a plate with the International Symbol of Access. To qualify:
- You must be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, with a service-connected disability of at least 50 percent, or at least 40 percent due to the amputation of a lower extremity, and
- Honorably discharged, receiving compensation from the U.S. government as a result of such disability.
- Proof of eligibility may be provided with signed approval by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Form VTR-615, or a letter from Veterans Affairs stating eligibility.
VTR-615 Application for Disabled Veteran License Plates and Parking Placards
- Texas cities may provide additional parking privileges, such as free parking at the airport. Check with your local city officials.
- In addition to the Disabled Veteran plate, certain military honors license plates are also eligible for exemptions from payment of certain parking fees, including:
- Air Force Cross
- Army Distinguished Service Cross
- Bronze Star
- Bronze Star with Valor
- Distinguished Flying Cross
- Distinguished Service Medal
- Former Prisoner of War
- Legion of Merit
- Legion of Valor
- Medal of Honor
- Navy Cross
- Pearl Harbor Survivor
- Purple Heart
- Silver Star
For more information, please call our customer help line at (888) 368-4689 / (512) 465-3000 or visit the Office of the Governor.