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Illinois Handicap Parking

Are you eligible for Handicap Parking privileges in Illinois?

A licensed physician needs to certify your impaired mobility and eligibility requirements. Particulars that differ from the general eligibility guidelines include:

  • You can’t walk 200 feet without rest
  • Your mobility is severely impaired due to arthritic, neurological, oncological, or orthopedic condition
  • You have loss of function or are missing your hand or arm
  • You have lung disease to such a degree that your forced expiratory volume (FEV) is 1 second, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter

In Illinois, you may qualify for Meter-Exempt Parking if you have a valid Illinois driver’s license and your mobility is significantly impaired. You also need to prove that you have a permanent medical condition of one of the following:

  • You can’t manage, manipulate or insert coins, or obtain tickets in parking meters and ticket machines due to lack of fine motor control in both hands
  • You can’t reach above your head to a height of 42 inches above the ground because of impaired arm strength or mobility
  • Because of your wheelchair or other device, you can’t approach parking meter
  • You can’t walk more than 20 feet with extreme mobility impairment

What is the Illinois application process for Persons with Disabilities Parking Plates and Placards?

You can get the Persons with Disabilities Certification for Parking Placard/License Plates (Form VSD 62) by going to your nearest Illinois Secretary of State Office or printing the document online.

Immediate family members, parents or legal guardians may apply for disability license plates for a disabled individual. The disabled individual must rely on his/her mode of transportation.

Handicap License Plates require a first-time issuance fee of $196, consisting of title and registration fees.

You and your qualified physician just need to complete and sign the application with all necessary information. Once finished, just mail or bring in the application to the Secretary of State facility. If you’re applying for permanent disability please mail, if temporary you may mail or bring it in to:

  • Secretary of State
    Persons with Disabilities License Plate/Placard Unit

    501 S. Second Street
    Howlett Building, Room 541
    Springfield, IL 62756

How long are Persons with Disabilities License Plates and Placards Valid in Illinois?

Depending on the handicap parking plate or placard, temporary disability or permanent disability, the validity varies.

  • Temporary Disability: valid for 1-6 months
  • Permanent Disability: valid for 6+ months

Disability License Plates and Placards need to be renewed before the expiration date listed on the plate or placard. Disability Plates have a renewal registration fee of $101.

Renewals can be completed online, by mail or by visiting an Illinois Secretary of State Office. For your convenience Illinois renewals can be completed online at License Plate Renewals on the Secretary of State Website.

Are there Illinois Disabled Veteran Plates?

Disabled Veteran Plates are offered to any Illinois resident veteran with a service-connected disability. You will need to provide a letter verifying your service-connected impairment from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Once you receive the eligibility letter, you will need to fill out the Veteran Certification for VA Plates Application. When you’re done, you may then mail or bring it to the Illinois Secretary of State Office.

  • Secretary of State
    501 S. Second Street
    Howlett Building, Room 541
    Springfield, IL 62756

There is a no fee required to receive the Disabled Veteran Plate along with no annual registration fee. Renewals can be made online, in person or by mail to the Secretary of State address listed above.

After experiencing the benefits of the Illinois Disabled Veteran Plate, you need to renew the plate before the expiration date listed. Similarly, you can appreciate the benefits of Social Security Disability after filing a claim.

Can I report Handicap Parking Abuse?

Sadly, there are instances where Handicap Parking spaces, plates, and placards are taken advantage of by those who don’t need have impairments.

If you happen to see someone speedily moving from an empty car in a Handicap space, there’s a chance they shouldn’t park there.

Misuse of handicap parking permits and spaces can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and 12-month suspension of driver’s license. If you notice misuse of these spaces, notify local authorities immediately describing the incident witnessed.

You can easily report misuse or abuse of accessible parking spaces or disability plates and placards online. You just fill out the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse Complaint form with an information and a brief description of the incident and the license plate information.

Where are the Illinois Secretary of State Offices located?

Illinois Secretary of State Offices are located throughout the state and offer a selection of services, including disability license plates and placards, registration and title transactions, reinstatement fees, among other things.

If you would like more information, feel free to visit the Illinois Secretary of State website or call toll-free 800-252-8980.

  • Aledo
    706 S E 3rd St, Aledo, IL 61231
    309-582-2528

  • Anna
    101A Transcraft Drive, Anna, IL 62906
    618-833-8234

  • Aurora
    339 E Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60505
    312-793-1010

  • Beardstown
    103 W15th St, Beardstown, IL 62618
    217-323-2000

  • Belleville
    400 W Main, Belleville, IL 62220
    618-236-8750

  • Belvidere
    1550 Pearl, Belvidere, IL 61008
    815-544-3895

  • Benton
    812 North Main Street, Benton, IL 62812
    618-438-4491

  • Bethalto
    20 Terminal Dr, Suite 103, Bethalto, IL 62024
    618-258-0600

  • Bloomington
    1510 W Market St, Bloomington, IL 61701
    309-827-3531

  • Bradley
    1111 Blatt, Bradley, IL 60915
    815-933-1713

  • Bridgeview
    7358 W 87th St, Bridgeview, IL 60455
    312-793-1010

  • Cairo
    1203 Washington Avenue, Cairo, IL 62914
    618-734-3871

  • Canton
    1015 W Locust, Canton, IL 61520
    309-647-6811

  • Carbondale
    2516 W Murphysboro Road, Carbondale, IL 62901
    618-457-0488

  • Carlinville
    120 Carlinville Plaza, Carlinville, IL 62626
    217-854-7086

  • Carmi
    1128 W Oak, Carmi, IL 62821
    618-382-8349

  • Carthage
    130 Buchanan St, Carthage, IL 62321
    217-357-3869

  • Centralia
    418 S Poplar, Centralia, IL 62801
    618-532-1551

  • Chadwick
    236 Main St, Chadwick, IL 61014
    815-684-5156

  • Champaign
    2401 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61822
    217-278-3344

  • Charleston
    1010 E St, Charleston, IL 61920
    217-345-7401

  • Chicago
    100 W Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601
    312-793-1010

    4642 W Diversey St, Chicago, IL 60641
    312-793-1010

    570 W 209th St, Chicago, IL 60411
    312-793-1010

    69 W Washington, Chicago, IL 60601
    312-793-1010

    5401 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
    312-793-1010

    17 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602
    312-793-1010

    9901 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Chicago, IL 60628
    312-793-1010

    5301 W Lexington St, Chicago, IL 60644
    312-793-1010

  • Clinton
    1255 State Rte 54 East, Clinton, IL 61727
    217-935-5721

  • Decatur
    3149 N Woodford, Decatur, IL 62526
    217-875-1650

  • Deerfield
    405 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015
    312-793-1010

  • Dekalb
    1360 Oakwood St, Dekalb, IL 60115
    815-756-7781

  • Des Plaines
    1470 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60018
    312-793-1010

  • Dixon
    925 S Peoria, Dixon, IL 61021
    815-288-6685

  • East St. Louis
    8750 Church Lane, East St. Louis, IL 62203
    618-397-9488

  • Edwardsville
    1502A Troy Rd, Edwardsville, IL 62025
    618-656-8956

  • Effingham
    444 S Willow, Effingham, IL 62401
    217-347-7728

  • Elgin
    595 S State, Elgin, IL 60123
    312-793-1010

  • Elk Grove Village
    650 Roppolo Dr, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
    312-793-1010

  • Fairfield
    307 N Market St, Fairfield, IL 62837
    618-842-9548

  • Flora
    847 E North Ave, Flora, IL 62839
    618-662-4551

  • Freeport
    1054 N Riverside, Freeport, IL 61032
    815-235-4164

  • Gibson City
    304 W Second St, Gibson City, IL 60936
    217-784-4351

  • Granite City
    1810 Edison, Granite City, IL 62040
    618-877-2451

  • Greenville
    2nd and Winter, Greenville, IL 62246
    618-664-0488

  • Harrisburg
    350 Seright Ste C, Harrisburg, IL 62946
    618-253-7976

  • Havana
    210 S Prairie Ridge Dr, Havana, IL 62644
    309-543-4229

  • Hillsboro
    2010 N School, Hillsboro, IL 62049
    217-532-5823

  • Hoopeston
    825 W Elm, Hoopeston, IL 60942
    217-283-6750

  • Jacksonville
    901 W Morton Suite 13, Jacksonville, IL 62650
    217-243-4327

  • Jerseyville
    710 County Rd, Jerseyville, IL 62052
    618-498-5751

  • Joliet
    201 S Joyce Rd, Joliet, IL 60435
    312-793-1010

  • Kewanee
    715 Tenney, Kewanee, IL 61443
    309-853-5903

  • Lacon
    127 Prairie St, Lacon, IL 61540
    309-246-3395

  • LaSalle
    536 Third St, LaSalle, IL 61301
    815-223-4861

  • Lawrenceville
    406 N 15th, Lawrenceville, IL 62439
    618-943-7515

  • Libertyville
    342 Peterson Road, Libertyville, IL 60048
    312-793-1010

  • Lincoln
    2200 N Kickapoo, Lincoln, IL 62656
    217-732-7617

  • Lockport
    1029 - 31 E 9th St, Lockport, IL 60441
    312-793-1010

  • Lombard
    837 S Westmore B27, Lombard, IL 60148
    630-629-8305

  • Macomb
    466 Deer Rd, Macomb, IL 61455
    309-833-5661

  • Marion
    1905 Rendleman St, Marion, IL 62959
    618-993-2587

  • Mattoon
    2020 Charleston, Mattoon, IL 61938
    217-234-4040

  • McLeansboro
    Southern Gardens Shopping Center RR 5 Rte 14 East, McLeansboro, IL 62859
    618-643-3768

  • Melrose Park
    1903 N Mannheim Rd, Melrose Park, IL 60160
    312-793-1010

  • Mendota
    108 E 12th St, Mendota, IL 61342
    815-539-7849

  • Metropolis
    1112 W 10th, Metropolis, IL 62960
    618-524-7451

  • Midlothian
    14434 S Pulaski, Midlothian, IL 60445
    312-793-1010

  • Monmouth
    330 N Main, Monmouth, IL 61462
    309-734-2211

  • Monticello
    1205 Bear Ln, Monticello, IL 61856
    217-762-2841

  • Morris
    2413 Sycamore St, Morris, IL 60450
    815-942-5154

  • Mt. Carmel
    219 W Second St, Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
    618-262-5713

  • Mt. Vernon
    320 E Main St, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
    618-244-1183

  • Naperville
    931 W 75th St Ste 161, Naperville, IL 60565
    312-793-1010

  • Nashville
    480 N Kaskaskia St, Nashville, IL 62263
    618-327-4184

  • Olney
    1302 W West St RR 1, Olney, IL 62450
    618-395-1702

  • Oregon
    1302 Pines Rd, Oregon, IL 61061
    815-732-2492

  • Orland Park
    14700 S Ravinia Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462
    312-793-1010

  • Ottawa
    404 Stevenson Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350
    815-434-4070

  • Paris
    714 Grandview, Paris, IL 61944
    217-466-5220

  • Pekin
    200 S 2nd, Pekin, IL 61554
    309-346-6186

  • Peoria
    3311 N Sterling Ave #12, Peoria, IL 61604
    309-686-6040

  • Pinckneyville
    404 S First St, Pinckneyville, IL 62274
    618-357-8261

  • Pittsfield
    202 W Jefferson, Pittsfield, IL 62363
    217-285-5529

  • Plano
    712 E South St, Plano, IL 60545
    312-793-1010

  • Pontiac
    507 Crane St, Pontiac, IL 61764
    815-844-5766

  • Princeton
    225 Backbone Rd East, Princeton, IL 61356
    815-875-2617

  • Quincy
    2512 Locust St, Quincy, IL 62301
    217-222-4550

  • Rantoul
    421 S Murray Rd, Rantoul, IL 61866
    217-892-8773

  • Roanoke
    106 W Broad St, Roanoke, IL 61561
    309-923-6381

  • Robinson
    1321 E Main, Robinson, IL 62454
    618-544-8118

  • Rockford
    3720 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108
    815-394-0179

    4734 Baxter Rd, Rockford, IL 61109
    815-873-0134

    3214 Auburn St, Rockford, IL 61101
    815-962-9482

  • Roscoe
    10631 Main St, Roscoe, IL 61073
    815-623-9063

  • Salem
    1375 W Whitaker, Salem, IL 62881
    618-548-2381

  • Schaumburg
    1227 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
    312-793-1010

  • Shelbyville
    311 N Cedar, Shelbyville, IL 62565
    217-774-2941

  • Silvis
    2001 Fifth Street, Suite 10, Silvis, IL 61282
    309-796-0934

  • South Holland
    41 W 162nd St, South Holland, IL 60473
    312-793-1010

  • Sparta
    202 W Jackson, Sparta, IL 62286
    618-443-3834

  • Springfield
    316 N Klein, Springfield, IL 62702
    217-782-4850

    2701 S Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62723
    217-782-6030

    501 S Second St, Springfield, IL 62756
    217-785-3000

  • Sterling
    1224 W 4th St, Sterling, IL 61081
    815-626-2825

  • Streator
    201 Dannys Dr Ste 6, Streator, IL 61364
    815-672-1853

  • Taylorville
    1400 E Park, Taylorville, IL 62568
    217-824-3006

  • Tilton
    5 South Gate Drive, Tilton, IL 61833
    217-442-1564

  • Tuscola
    211 S Main, Tuscola, IL 61953
    217-253-2813

  • Vandalia
    13 Old Capitol Shopping Center, Vandalia, IL 62471
    618-283-2262

  • Vienna
    400 E Vine, Vienna, IL 62995
    618-658-8062

  • Waterloo
    511 Illinois Ave, Waterloo, IL 62298
    618-939-3663

  • Watseka
    1400 E Walnut, Watseka, IL 60970
    815-432-3179

  • Waukegan
    617 S Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL 60085
    312-793-1010

  • West Chicago
    1280 Powis Rd, West Chicago, IL 60185
    312-793-1010

  • Wheaton
    128 W Liberty, Wheaton, IL 60187
    312-793-1010

  • Woodstock
    428 S Eastwood Dr, Woodstock, IL 60098
    312-793-1010

  • Wyoming
    111 E Williams, Wyoming, IL 61491
    309-695-6163

Applying to be eligible for Handicap License Plates and Placards can ease your lifestyle through mobility access. Filing a Social Security Disability Claim can help ease your life as well. Find out if you qualify and learn more here.