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California Handicap Parking

Are you eligible for Disabled Person Placards or Plates in California?

An authorized medical provider has to verify your impaired mobility and eligibility requirements. Specifics that vary from the general eligibility guidelines on the home page include:

  • Your mobility is severely disabled because of a disease or disorder
  • You’re restricted by lung disease, specifically with a forced expiratory volume (FEV) for 1 second, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter or your arterial oxygen tension is less than 60mm/hg at rest
  • You’re missing or loss the use of one or both hands
  • You have a significant impairment, are missing or loss the use of one or both legs
  • You have vision issues, such as low vision or blindness

Your doctor will also have to provide detailed descriptions of your disabling conditions when noted on the application.

What is the California application process for Disabled Person Parking Permits and Plates?

You can get the Application for Disabled Person Placard or Plates (Form REF 195) by going to your local California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Office or printing the document online.

There is no fee for a permanent parking placards and license plates, but there is a $6 fee for a temporary parking placards.

You and your certified physician just need to complete and sign the application with all necessary information. Once you finish the application, you can either bring it in to your nearest DMV Office or mail it to:

  • DMV Placard
    PO Box 932345
    Sacramento, CA 94232-3450

It is suggested that if you bring it in to a California DMV Field Office that you should make an appointment beforehand. You can make the appointment by calling 1-800-777-0133.

How long are Handicap Parking Placards and Plates Valid in California?

Depending on the handicap parking permit, temporary or permanent, the time range and renewal policies varies.

  • Temporary Placards:
    Valid for up to 6 months or date specified by your doctor
    Can’t be renewed more than 6 consecutive times
  • Permanent Placards and Plates:
    Valid for 2 years and expires on June 30

Conveniently for permanent placards, the DMV will automatically mail your new placard and identification to your address listed and doesn’t require recertification.

If your placard gets lost, stolen or mutilated, you may complete the Application for Replacement Plates, Stickers, Documents (Form REG 156) and mail completed application to:

  • DMV Placard
    PO Box 942869
    Sacramento, CA 94269-0001

Are there California Disabled Veteran Plates?

Disabled Veteran License Plates are available for one vehicle of any California resident veteran. Your disabling condition needs to be 100% service-connected as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs or military service that discharged you.

You just need to complete the Disabled Veteran Certification on the Miscellaneous Certifications (Form REG 256A) and specify that you’re medically eligible because of at least one of the following:

  • You can’t move without aid from an assistive device
  • You’ve lost or lost the use of one or more limbs
  • You’re permanently blind

For disabled veterans, there is no payment of registration and license fees to obtain the disabled veteran license plate.

After you receive and complete the military documents and application, you may either deliver the application to your local DMV Field Office or mail to the DMV at:

  • Special Processing Unit, MS D238
    PO Box 932345
    Sacramento, CA 94232-0001

After experiencing the benefits of the Disabled Veteran Plate, you just need to renew the plate when specified. Likewise, you can appreciate the benefits of Social Security Disability after filing a disability claim.

Can I report Handicap Parking Abuse?

There are instances, regrettably, where Handicap Parking spaces, permits, and, even, placards are taken advantage of by those who don’t have a mobile impairment.

If you happen to see someone easily moving from an empty vehicle in a Handicap space, there’s a possibility they shouldn’t park there. Notify authorities and/or property owners as soon as you observe a driver abusing a handicapped parking space.

Remember that it’s illegal to:

  • Alter a placard or placard identification card
  • Provide false information to receive a disabled person placard or plate
  • Allow someone to use your placard, if you’re not in vehicle
  • Forge a doctor’s signature
  • Possess or display counterfeit placards
  • To possess more than one permanent placard

If you commit any of the previous actions, you could receive fines, imprisonment and/or civil penalties.

Where are the California DMV Field Offices located?

California DMV Field Offices are distributed throughout the state and they offer a variety of services, including vehicle and disability permits, registration and title transactions, and license plate renewals, among other things.

If you would like more information, feel free to visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles website or call 1-800-777-0133.

  • Alturas
    903 N West C St, Alturas, CA 96101

  • Arleta
    14400 Van Nuys Blvd, Arleta, CA 91331

  • Arvin
    317 Campus Dr, Arvin, CA 93203

  • Auburn
    4287 Central Ave, Fremont, CA 94536

  • Bakersfield
    3120 F St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

    7000 Schirra Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313

  • Banning
    1034 W Ramsey St B, Banning, CA 92220

  • Barstow
    528 East Virginia Way, Barstow, CA 92311

  • Bell Gardens
    6801 South Garfield, Bell Gardens, CA 90201

  • Bellflower
    9520 East Artesia Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

  • Bishop
    1115 West Line St, Bishop, CA 93514

  • Blythe
    6801 South Garfield, Bell Gardens, CA 90201

  • Brawley
    1175 East Main Street, Brawley, CA 92227

  • Capitola
    4200 Capitola Road, Capitola, CA 95010

  • Carmichael
    5209 North Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608

  • Chico
    107 Parmac Road #1, Chico, CA 95926

  • Chula Vista
    30 N Glover Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Clovis
    2103 Shaw Ave, Clovis, CA 93611

  • Coalinga
    406 East Elm Ave, Coalinga, CA 93210

  • Colusa
    1025 Bridge St STE B, Colusa, CA 95932

  • Compton
    2111 South Santa Fe Ave, Compton, CA 90221

  • Concord
    2070 Diamond Blvd, Concord, CA 94520

  • Corte Madera
    75 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925

  • Costa Mesa
    650 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

  • Crescent City
    1475 Parkway Drive, Crescent City, CA 95531

  • Culver City
    11400 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

  • Daly City
    1500 Sullivan Ave, Daly City, CA 94015

  • Davis
    505 Pole Line Rd, Davis, CA 95616

  • Delano
    631 Jefferson Street, Delano, CA 93215

  • El Cajon
    1450 Graves Ave, El Cajon, CA 92021

  • El Centro
    233 N Imperial Ave, El Centro, CA 92243

  • El Cerrito
    6400 Manila Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

  • El Monte
    4000 Arden Drive, El Monte, CA 91731

  • Eureka
    322 W 15th St, Eureka, CA 95501

  • Fairfield
    160 Serrano Drive, Fairfield, CA 94533

  • Fall River Mills
    43467 State Highway 299 E, Fall River Mills, CA 96028

  • Folsom
    323 E Bidwell A, Folsom, CA 95630

  • Fontana
    16499 Merrill Ave, Fontana, CA 92335

  • Fort Bragg
    410 S Franklin St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

  • Fremont
    4287 Central Ave, Fremont, CA 94536

  • Fresno
    655 W Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728

    6420 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93710

  • Fullerton
    909 W Valencia Drive, Fullerton, CA 92832

  • Garberville
    6400 Manila Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

  • Gilroy
    6984 Chestnut Street, Suite A, Gilroy, CA 95020

  • Glendale
    1335 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

  • Goleta
    7127 Hollister Ave Ste 24/26, Goleta, CA 93117

  • Grass Valley
    890 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945

  • Hanford
    701 W Hanford Armona Rd, Hanford, CA 93230

  • Hawthorne
    3700 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

  • Hayward
    150 Jackson St, Hayward, CA 94544

  • Hemet
    1200 S State St, Hemet, CA 92543

  • Hollister
    80 N Sally St, Hollister, CA 95023

  • Hollywood
    803 Cole Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038

  • Indio
    44480 Jackson St, Indio, CA 92201

  • Inglewood
    621 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

  • Jackson
    201 Clinton Rd, Jackson, CA 95642

  • King City
    101 East San Antonio, King City, CA 93930

  • Laguna Hills
    23535 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

  • Lake Isabella
    5520 Lake Isabella Rd G-1, Lake Isabella, CA 93240

  • Lakeport
    965 Parallel Drv, Lakeport, CA 95453

  • Lancaster
    1110 W Ave I, Lancaster, CA 93534

  • Lincoln Park
    3529 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031

  • Lodi
    1222 Pixley Parkway, Lodi, CA 95240

  • Lompoc
    209 W Pine Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436

  • Long Beach
    3700 East Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

  • Los Angeles
    3615 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

  • Los Banos
    814 West L St, Los Banos, CA 93635

  • Los Gatos
    600 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030

  • Madera
    1206 Maple St, Madera, CA 93637

  • Manteca
    955 Davis St, Manteca, CA 95336

  • Mariposa
    5264 Highway 49-North, Mariposa, CA 95338

  • Mendota
    655 Quince St, Mendota, CA 93640

  • Merced
    1313 W 12th St, Merced, CA 95340

  • Modesto
    124 Burney St, Modesto, CA 95354

  • Montebello
    424 N Wilcox Ave, Montebello, CA 90640

  • Mt. Shasta
    154 Morgan Way, Mt Shasta, CA 96067

  • Napa
    2550 Napa Valley Corp Drive, Napa, CA 94558

  • Needles
    1040 E Broaddway St, Needles, CA 92363

  • Newhall
    24427 Newhall Ave, Newhall, CA 91321

  • Norco
    3201 Horseless Carriage Drive, Norco, CA 92860

  • Novato
    936 7th St A, Novato, CA 94947

  • Oakland
    5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

    501 85th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621

  • Oceanside
    4005 Plaza Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056

  • Oroville
    775 Mitchell Ave, Oroville, CA 95965

  • Oxnard
    4050 Saviers Rd, Oxnard, CA 93033

  • Palm Desert
    74-740 Technology Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211

  • Palm Springs
    950 N Farrell Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

  • Palmdale
    2260 D E Palmdale, Palmdale, CA 93550

  • Paradise
    5921 Clark Rd, Paradise, CA 95967

  • Pasadena
    49 S Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

  • Paso Robles
    841 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

  • Petaluma
    715 - J Southpoint Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954

  • Pittsburg
    1399 Buchanan Rd, Pittsburg, CA 94565

  • Placerville
    2919 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

  • Pleasanton
    6300 W Las Positas Blvd, Pleasanton, CA 94588

  • Pomona
    1600 S Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91766

  • Porterville
    329 E Olive Ave, Porterville, CA 93257

  • Poway
    13461 Community Rd, Poway, CA 92064

  • Quincy
    1953 E Main St Ste 3, Quincy, CA 95971

  • Rancho Cucamonga
    8629 Hellman Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

  • Rancho San Diego-CDL/ISC
    1901 Jamacha Rd, El Cajon, CA 92019

  • Red Bluff
    675 Monroe St, Red Bluff, CA 96080

  • Redding
    2135 Civic Center Drv, Redding, CA 96001

  • Redlands
    1659 W Lugonia Ave, Redlands, CA 92374

  • Redwood City
    300 Brewster Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

  • Reedley
    4375 Derrick Drive, San Diego, CA 92117

  • Ridgecrest
    540A Perdew Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

  • Riverside
    6280 Brockton Ave, Riverside, CA 92506

  • Riverside East
    6425 Sycamore Canyon Blvd, Riverside, CA 92507

  • Rocklin
    5245 South Grove, Rocklin, CA 95677

  • Roseville
    7200 Galilee Rd, Roseville, CA 95678

  • S. Lake Tahoe
    3344 B Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

  • Sacramento
    4700 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95820

    7775 La Mancha Way, Sacramento, CA 95823

  • Salinas
    260 East Laurel Drv, Salinas, CA 93906

  • San Andreas
    745 Mountain Ranch Rd, San Andreas, CA 95249

  • San Bernardino
    1310 N Waterman Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92404

    930 South Arrowhead Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92408

  • San Clemente
    2727 Via Cascadita, San Clemente, CA 92672

  • San Diego
    3960 Normal St, San Diego, CA 92103

    4375 Derrick Drv, San Diego, CA 92117

  • San Francisco
    1377 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94117

  • San Jose
    111 W Alma Ave, San Jose, CA 95110

  • San Luis Obispo
    3190 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

  • San Marcos
    1706 Descanso Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078

  • San Mateo
    425 N Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94401

  • San Pedro
    1511 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

  • San Ysidro
    6111 Business Center Court, San Diego, CA 92154

  • Santa Ana
    1330 E First St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

  • Santa Barbara
    535 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

  • Santa Clara
    3665 Flora Vista Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051

  • Santa Maria
    523 S McClelland St, Santa Maria, CA 93454

  • Santa Monica
    2235 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

  • Santa Paula
    250 W Harvard Blvd A, Santa Paula, CA 93060

  • Santa Rosa
    2570 Corby Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

  • Santa Teresa
    180 Martinvale Lane, San Jose, CA 95119

  • Seaside
    1180 Canyon Del Rey Rd, Seaside, CA 93955

  • Shafter
    548 Walker St, Shafter, CA 93263

  • Simi Valley
    3855 D - Alamo St, Simi Valley, CA 93063

  • Sonora
    885 Morning Star Drive, Sonora, CA 95370

  • Stockton
    55 South Lincoln St, Stockton, CA 95203

  • Susanville
    2615 Main St, Susanville, CA 96130

  • Taft
    165 Center St, Taft, CA 93268

  • Temecula
    27851 Diaz Rd, Temecula, CA 92590

  • Thousand Oaks
    1810 E Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

  • Torrance
    1785 W 220th St, Torrance, CA 90501

  • Tracy
    2785 Auto Plaza Drive, Tracy, CA 95304

  • Truckee
    11357 Donner Pass Rd Ste I, Truckee, CA 96162

  • Tulare
    274 E Cross Ave, Tulare, CA 93274

  • Tulelake
    399 Main St, Tulelake, CA 96134

  • Turlock
    825 E Monte Vista Ave, Turlock, CA 95382

  • Twentynine Palms
    3668 Adobe Rd G-J, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

  • Ukiah
    542 S Orchard Ave, Ukiah, CA 95482

  • Vacaville
    621 Orange Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687

  • Vallejo
    200 Couch St, Vallejo, CA 94590

  • Van Nuys
    14920 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405

  • Ventura
    4260 Market St, Ventura, CA 93003

  • Victorville
    14855 Corta Drive, Victorville, CA 92395

  • Visalia
    1711 East Main St, Visalia, CA 93292

  • Walnut Creek
    1910 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

  • Watsonville
    90 Alta Vista Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076

  • Weaverville
    1511 Main St, Weaverville, CA 96093

  • West Covina
    800 So Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

  • West Hollywood
    936 North Formosa Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

  • West Sacramento
    2528 Evergreen Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691

  • Westminster
    13700 Hoover St, Westminster, CA 92683

  • Whittier
    9338 S Painter Ave, Whittier, CA 90605

  • Willows
    815 N Humboldt Ave, Willows, CA 95988

  • Winnetka
    20725 Sherman Way, Winnetka, CA 91306

  • Woodland
    825 East St 306, Woodland, CA 95695

  • Yreka
    1848 Fort Jones Rd, Yreka, CA 96097

  • Yuba City
    1570 Poole Blvd, Yuba City, CA 95993

Receiving handicap parking permits can help improve your ease of mobility and access to your various destinations. Applying and receiving Social Security Disability benefits can help ease financial strain by helping to pay for medical and other living costs. To find out more about disability benefits and if you're eligible, learn more here.