How to get a handicap parking permit in Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky handicapped parking sign with details of the penalty for offenders

Kentucky handicapped parking sign

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

Who’s eligible?

A person is eligible if he or she has a severe visual, audio, or physical impairment, including partial paralysis, lower limb amputation, chronic heart condition, emphysema, arthritis, rheumatism, or other debilitating condition that limits or impairs his or her personal mobility or ability to walk.

Any agency or organization that transports persons with a disability as a part of the service provided by that agency or organization is also eligible.

How to obtain a permit

Applicants must complete an Application for Disabled Person’s Special Parking Permit, which must signed by a licensed physician, as well as signed and notarized by the applicant. The signed form must be submitted to the local County Clerk’s office.

Agencies or organizations applying for a placard must also submit the form and include

  • A statement from the director on agency letterhead verifying the need for the parking placards;
  • Name of the agency or organization requesting use of an accessible parking placard;
  • Number of vehicles being used in the transportation of persons with a disability; and
  • The vehicle identification numbers for all vehicles using disabled placards. These vehicles must be owned by the agency.

There is no fee for either a temporary or permanent placard.

Validity/expiration of placards/permits

Permanent placards are valid for 2 years from the date of issue. Temporary placards are valid for 3 months.

Renewing placards

Placards may be renewed twice for a period of 2 years. Renewal procedures vary by county, so applicant’s should check with the local County Clerk’s office to see what steps must be followed.

Lost placard/replacement

To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged placard, applicants must complete an affidavit stating that his/her parking placard has been lost, stolen, or damaged.

Where to hang the placard/permit

When the vehicle is parked, the placard shall be hung from the front windshield rear view mirror so that it’s visible from the front and rear of the vehicle. When there is no rear view mirror, the placard shall be displayed on the dashboard.


A person is eligible for a second disabled parking placard if he/she has not applied for or received a disability license plate.


Source URL

Legislative Research Commission – Accessible parking placard for person with a disability
Kentucky Motor Vehicle Licensing


Things You’ll Need

Applicable Fee: No charge
Computer with Internet Access: Favorable but not mandatory
Physician Certificate: Physician to certify disability in the application form
Mail Original Documents: Original application to be submitted in person or by mail
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