How to get a handicap parking permit in North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina handicapped parking sign with details of the penalty for offenders

North Carolina 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?

Persons certified by medical professionals as being unable to walk without assistance or who have restrictions caused by lung disease, defective vision, or cardiac, arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic conditions are eligible for handicap parking placards.

How to obtain a permit

Applicants/guardians must complete an Application for Disability Parking Placard (MR-37A) and have a physician complete the relevant section of the application certifying the applicant’s disability. Applicants are required to furnish their proof of identity for obtaining a placard.


Both permanent and temporary placards have a $5.00 fee.

Validity/expiration of placards/permits

Permanent placards are valid for 5 years. Temporary placards are valid for 1 to 6 months.

Renewing placards

Permanent placard holders must receive recertification from a physician before a new placard can be issued at expiration. Temporary placards cannot be renewed.

Lost placard/replacement

Lost, stolen, or damaged placards can be replaced for a fee of $5.00. Simply visit the local DMV and request a replacement there.

Where to hang the placard/permit

The placard must be hung from the rearview mirror or placed on the dashboard on the driver’s side if there is no rear view mirror.


Each eligible applicant is issued two placards.


Source URL

A User’s Guide to North Carolina Handicap Parking Placards and Plates
Section 20-37.6, Parking privileges for handicapped drivers and passengers


Things You’ll Need

Applicable Fee: $5.00 for a temporary placard
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 mailed




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