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How to Obtain a Disabled Parking Permit in Wisconsin


Meet one of Wisconsin's qualifications for impaired mobility or other disease or condition. You'll need valid medical certification of limited mobility, use of portable oxygen, or restrictions due to lung disease or cardiac condition. Limitations due to arthritic, neurological or orthopedic conditions qualify.


Download and print the application form from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Web site. Complete the "Applicant" section of the form and sign it. Remember to indicate if you want to receive one or two placards.


Take the form to a licensed physician or other valid medical provider who can certify your condition and sign the "Eligibility" section of the application.


Make a copy of the completed Eligibility section to keep on your person or in the vehicle to provide to a traffic officer upon request.


Enclose a check or money for the fee when applying for a temporary permit. There is no fee for a permanent permit.


Mail the application to the WisDOT address shown on the form.


Hang the placard from the rearview mirror when parking in a reserved parking space for the disabled.

Tips and Warnings

  • You may apply in person or pick up application forms at DMV Service Centers. There is a small additional "counter fee" for both permanent and temporary permits issued at a DMV Service Center.
  • Blue permits indicate a permanent disability and require recertification every four years from the date of issue. Red permits are for a temporary disability and are valid for up to 6 months. Complete the same application process as when you got the original permit to renew or replace a placard.
  • When using your disabled parking permit, you are exempt from parking time limits of a half hour or more. You can also park in metered spaces for free when the time limit is a half hour or more.
  • You may use your placard without owning or driving the vehicle you are in.
  • Parking permits are valid in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
  • Do not lend the parking permit to anyone. Misuse of a parking permit is subject to a fine and may result in the placard being confiscated.
  • Do not leave the placard hanging on your rearview mirror while driving. It is a safety hazard and a violation of Wisconsin law.

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