How to get a handicap parking permit in Vermont (VT)

Vermont handicapped parking sign with details of the penalty for offenders

Vermont 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?

Placards are issued to individuals who reside in Vermont and who are blind or have an ambulatory disability. Blind means the visual impairment of an individual whose central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with corrective lenses or whose visual acuity, if better than 20/200, is accompanied by a limit to the field of vision in the better eye to such a degree that its widest diameter subtends an angle of no greater than 20 degrees.

Ambulatory disability means an impairment that impedes or prevents walking. A person with ambulatory disability is someone who

  • cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest;
  • cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device;
  • is restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person’s forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for 1 second, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest;
  • uses portable oxygen; or
  • has a  cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association; or
  • is severely limited in his or her ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.
How to obtain a permit

Applicants who wish to obtain a permanent placard must fill out a Disabled Parking Placard Application. Persons who wish to obtain a temporary placard must complete a Vermont Temporary Disabled Parking Placard Application and Medical Form.


Placards are free.

Validity/expiration of placards/permits

Permanent placards are valid for 4 years. Temporary placards are valid for a maximum of 6 months.

Renewing placards

Placard holders must submit a new application every four years. However, if a licensed physician, certified physician assistant, or licensed advanced practice registered nurse has previously certified that an applicant’s condition is both permanent and stable, a new application does not need to be completed and the placard renewed.

Temporary placard holders can renew by following the same procedure as when applying for a new placard.

Lost placard/replacement

Lost, stolen, or destroyed placards can be replaced by following the same procedure as when applying for a new placard. Recertification is not required for replacement placards.

Where to hang the placard/permit

Permanent cards or placards must be displayed on the  (interior) rear view mirror. Temporary placards must be displayed in the lower right side of the windshield.


Source URL

Information Disabled Persons Plates/Placards by Vermont DMV

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 mailed


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