How to get a handicap parking permit in Alabama (AL)

Alabama's disability access placard

Alabama’s disability access placard

How to obtain a permit
Validity / expiration of permits
Lost, stolen, or damaged placards
Where to hang the placard

Who’s eligible?

An eligible candidate for a placard is someone who

  • uses portable oxygen;
  • cannot use one or both legs;
  • cannot walk 200 feet without stopping;
  • cannot walk without using an assisting device such as braces, crutches, prosthetic device, wheelchair, another person, etc.;
  • suffers from an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition that severely limits their ability to walk; or
  • has a Class III or IV cardiac condition as defined by the standards set by the American Heart Association.
How to obtain a permit

The applicant/legal guardian must fill out the Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges (Form MVR 32-6-230). The application is available at a local DMV or printed online.


Disability access placards are issued at no cost.

Validity/expiration of placards/permits

Applicants will need to reapply by completing a Recertification for Handicapped Parking Privileges. If disabled individuals qualify for long-term disability after their first application, they may recertify by signing the certification at the bottom of the form.

Renewing your permit/placard

While permanent placards are valid for 5 years, temporary placards are valid for a period of no more than 6 months.

Lost placard/replacement

Individuals who wish to obtain a duplicate placard must complete and sign the application for replacement disability access license plate and/or placard. The form can then be submitted to the county licensing office.

Where to hang the placard/permit

The placard must be hung from the rearview mirror located on the front windshield when the vehicle is parked in the designated parking space. When there is no rearview mirror, the placard must be displayed on the dashboard.

Drivers are required to remove their permit from sight when not parking.


The dates for issuing licenses is based on the first letter of your last name. For example, if your last name begins with an “F” or an “N,” you would need to renew during the month of April.


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Things You’ll Need

Applicable Fee: No charge
Computer with Internet Access: The application form can be obtained from the local DMV or printed online
Physician Certificate: Physician to certify disability in the application form
Mail Original Documents: Original application to be submitted in person or mailed


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