Who Is Eligible?
Who determines if you qualify?
A licensed physician, licensed physician assistant, or licensed registered nurse practitioner must determine if you qualify for disabled parking privileges.

Get Or Renew Your Disabled Parking Pass
Permanent
If you have a permanent disability that meets disabled parking requirements, you may request one of the following options:

Up to 2 blue placards.

  • Hang the placard from the rearview mirror when parked.

  • Placards may be used on any vehicle while it's providing transportation for you.


1 set of disabled parking license plates.

  • The plates must be issued to you, the qualified individual and
  • You must be a registered owner of the vehicle.


1 set of disabled parking license plates and 1 placard (as described above).

1 disabled parking tab (year only) and 1 blue placard.

You can use the disabled parking tab with special design plates or personalized plates.

You can't use the disabled parking tab with:

  • Standard, non-personalized plates
  • Disabled parking plates
  • Exempt plates (for state or publicly-owned vehicles.)
  • Collector Vehicle plates
  • Horseless Carriage plates
  • Rideshare plates


How to Apply
Disabled Parking Section Form

Complete and sign a Disabled Parking Application for Individuals. Your doctor, physician assistant, or licensed registered nurse practitioner must complete and sign the "Physician" section of the form before you can submit it.

Bring in the original, completed application form to Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC. We cannot accept faxed copies of applications for permanent disabled parking privileges.

How to Renew
You must renew your permanent disabled parking privilege every 5 years.
If current or expired for less than 31 days, sign the reminder you got, or write a letter stating you still need disabled parking privileges and sign it. (You don't need a physician's signature.) and bring it in to Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC. 

If expired for 31 days or more:
Complete and sign a Disabled Parking Application for Individuals. Your doctor, physician assistant, or licensed registered nurse practitioner must complete and sign the "Physician" section of the form before you can submit it.

Bring in the original, completed application form to Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC. We cannot accept faxed copies of applications for temporary disabled parking privileges.

Fees
To get original:

  • Disabled parking plates: $32.75
  • Placards: No fee
  • Disabled parking tab and decal: $13.75

Note: Fees don't include the cost of vehicle registration or tab renewal. We of course can help you with your vehicle registration and tab renewal as well!

To renew:
There's no additional fee for disabled parking plates, tabs, or placards but you must still pay all required tab renewal fees, which we can help you with as well.
 
Temporary
If you have a temporary condition that meets disabled parking requirements, you may ask to have disabled parking privileges for up to 12 months.
If you qualify, you'll get 1 red placard, which hangs from the rearview mirror and can be used by any vehicle while it is providing transportation for you.

How to Apply
Complete and sign a Disabled Parking Application for Individuals. Your doctor, physician assistant, or licensed registered nurse practitioner must complete and sign the "Physician" section of the form before you can submit it.

Bring in the original, completed application form to Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC.

When your placard expires
The placard is valid for 1–12 months from the date it was issued and isn't renewable. If you need disabled parking for longer than 12 months, you must apply for a new temporary disabled parking placard.

When the placard has expired, you may return it to a vehicle licensing office for destruction.
 
Organizational
If your organization uses vehicles to transport anyone with a disability, you may request 1 of the following disabled parking options:

Placards which hang from the rear-view mirror and can be used by any vehicle that provides regular transportation for an individual with a disability.
OR
License plates for each vehicle:

  • Registered to the organization and
  • Used regularly to transport individuals with disabilities.


How to Apply
1. Complete and sign a Disabled Parking Application for Organizations.
 • If you're requesting disabled parking license plates, attach a copy of the current registration for the vehicle.
2. Bring in the original, completed application form and any supporting documents to Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC. We cannot accept faxed copies of applications for organizational disabled parking privileges.

How to Renew
License plates must be renewed every year. You'll renew your disabled parking plates when you renew your tabs.
Placards must be renewed every 5 years. 

To renew:
 1 Complete and sign a Disabled Parking Application for Organizations.
 2 Bring in the original, completed application form and any supporting documents to Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC. We cannot accept faxed copies of applications for organizational 

Using Your Disabled Parking Pass
How to use your disabled parking identification card:

Keep the identification card that indicates you have disabled parking privileges in your wallet or purse. You must provide it to law enforcement when requested.

Who can use disabled parking?
Anyone who qualifies for disabled parking privileges and has a disabled parking placard, tabs, or license plates may park in disabled parking spaces. It's illegal for anyone else to use your disabled parking placard, tabs, or license plates if you're not in the vehicle. You can't let your friends or family borrow them for their own use.

Where to park
You can park:

  • On the street, for free, in any parking space that is time restricted (including metered parking). This doesn't apply to privately-owned parking lots or areas reserved for special types of vehicles (fire lanes, loading zones, etc.).
  • In any specially-designated disabled parking space.
  • Note: Van-accessible spaces are designed for use by wheelchair vans. Please use them only if you drive a wheelchair van or no other disabled parking spaces are available.


You can't park in zones or areas:

  • Where stopping, parking, or standing of all vehicles is prohibited.
  • Reserved for special types of vehicles (fire lanes, loading zones, etc.)


How to report abuse of disabled parking privileges
Contact your local police to report individuals who are abusing disabled parking privileges or parking in a disabled parking space illegally.

If you have any questions about disabled parking passes, please contact us. And remember to use Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC when the time comes to renew or register your WA State vehicle!​​

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Disabled Parking Pass

Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC can help you with getting a disabled WA State parking pass if you are disabled and you are eligible. We can also help you get your tabs and plates when time to register or renew!

Please contact Rainier Vehicle & Vessel Licensing, LLC at your convenience for any inquiries.