Parking Permits for People with Disabilities

New York City issues two types of permits for citizens with disabilities - a New York State permit and a New York City permit. There are different eligibility requirements and different uses for these permits. The City permit can only be used for New York City on-street parking and the State Permit is used for designated parking spaces for people with disabilities. The City permit application also requires supporting medical documentation. Learn more about New York State Permits Learn more about New York City Permits Apply for your City permit Using the Permits with Multiple Vehicles Missing, Lost or Stolen Permits Voter Registration Notification to Disability Permit Clients Regarding Theft of Applicant Records

For information on both the New York State and New York City permits, you may download the brochure for a New York City Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (pdf). If you have questions about the permits, call DOT at 718-433-3100 or TTY 212-504-4115 during business hours. For more City services for people with disabilities, visit the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.

New York State Permits

You are eligible to be issued a New York State disability parking permit hangtag for the disabled if you are a New York City resident and have a severe, permanent or temporary, qualifying mobility impairment as certified by a New York State-licensed physician or podiatrist. You do not have to be a driver or registered owner of a vehicle to get a permit. Disabled children and legally blind persons are eligible for permits.

According to the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 404A, to be eligible for the State Permit you must:

  • have limited or no use of one or both legs;
  • have a neuro-muscular dysfunction which severely limits mobility;
  • have another physical or mental disability which makes the use of public transportation difficult; or
  • be legally blind.

Your physician must state whether the condition is permanent or temporary in nature and describe how severely and regularly the condition affects your ability to walk.

Using the State Permit

The state permit is a blue plastic hangtag displaying the universal International Symbol of Access for people with disabilities (temporary permits are red plastic hangtags). Hang it from the inside rearview mirror of your vehicle.

The permit is valid everywhere in New York State where there are designated parking spaces for people with disabilities. In New York City, these spaces are all off-street, such as in parking lots for malls, office buildings or college campuses. It is also valid in all other states and Canadian provinces. No copies are allowed. The permit may be used only when the permit-holder is traveling in the vehicle. However, its use never allows you to disobey state or local parking regulations. Any person who has been issued a disability parking permit, who abuses any privilege, benefit, precedence or consideration arising from possession of the permit, may have it revoked.

The State permit is valid until the expiration date printed on the permit, up to five (5) years from the date of issue.

Applying for the State Permit

To apply, you must submit the DMV application form to DOT’s State Parking Permits for People with Disabilities (PPPD) unit. Download the Application for a New York State Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (pdf).

If you do not have access to a computer, you may receive the paper application form by contacting 311, visiting any DMV location or by visiting our office at:

Permits and Customer Service Unit
Parking Permits for People with Disabilities
State Disability Parking Permit Applications
30-30 Thomson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101-3045

New York City Permits

The New York City permit can be used with up to three vehicles. The permit must be displayed in full view on the driver’s side dashboard of the vehicle that is transporting the permit holder. No copies are allowed. Both city residents and non-City residents are eligible for a New York City permit.

To be eligible to receive a City Parking Permit for People with Disabilities, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must require the use of a private vehicle for transportation.
  • You must have a severe, permanent disability that impairs mobility as certified by your personal physician and a New York City physician designated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Medical Certification Unit (MCU).

Using the City Permit

The city permit is a rectangular placard. Display it in full view on the driver’s side dashboard.

Unlike the state permit, your City permit entitles drivers to park only in New York City.

The following list indicates what is covered by your New York City Special Parking Identification Permit.

The permit entitles the operator of a vehicle to park:
  • At any metered parking space, Passenger or Commercial, without charge
  • At any “No Parking” space regardless of hours including those for Street Cleaning regulations
  • At any space designated for use by Authorized Vehicles, including Diplomats (DPL), New York Press (NYP) or any governmental agency, except spaces designated for Ambulances and Ambulettes
  • In any No Standing except Trucks Loading/Unloading or Truck Loading Zone (EXCEPTION: Garment District parking area on cross town streets 35th-41st Streets, between 6th and 8th Avenues). These signs should be read carefully; permit holders may park only during the days and times that trucks may park.
New York City Special Parking Identification Permits are not authorized for parking:
  • In a No Stopping Zone
  • In a general No Standing Zone with restricted hours ( i.e. No Standing 4PM - 7PM)
  • In spaces designated for Ambulances and Ambulettes
  • In a Hotel Loading Zone
  • In a taxi stand
  • In a bus stop
  • In a fire zone
  • Within 15 feet of a fire hydrants
  • In a driveway or crosswalk or on a sidewalk
  • Or for Double parking

The City permit is valid until the expiration date printed on the permit. Approximately six weeks before the scheduled expiration date, you will receive your renewal form. Your permit will be renewed unless your condition requires a medical re-examination.

Applying for the City Permit

When applying, you must provide a valid copy of your Driver's License or a Non-Driver's Identification card or the New York City Municipal Identification Card as identification. You must also include copies of all vehicle registrations (maximum of three) which will be registered on the permit. They must be current and valid. DOT will not accept any plate number in judgment with the NYC Dept. of Finance.

DOT’s PPPD Unit will review your application for completeness and forward it to the DOHMH Medical Certification Unit. Incomplete applications will be returned with a letter requesting the missing information. DOHMH’s Certification Unit will review your application and supporting medical documentation. If DOHMH approves your application, the PPPD unit will issue you a permit. If DOHMH denies your application, the PPPD unit will send you a denial letter with an explanation of the appeal process. The entire application process could take up to 90 days.

Download the Application for a New York City Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (pdf)

Write your name on the application exactly as it appears on your State-issued Driver's License, Non-driver’s ID; or, New York City Municipal Identification card. Mail the completed application to:

NYC Department of Transportation
Permits & Customer Service
City Disability Parking Applications
30-30 Thomson Avenue 2nd floor
Long Island City, NY 11101

Renewing your City Permit

You may renew your permit here. Please note that at present, when renewing on line, you will still have to submit some documents through the mail.

Temporary Vehicle Changes (TVC) for City Permits

If your permit lists 3 or fewer vehicles, and it becomes necessary to temporarily change one of the primarily used listed vehicles, call 718 433-3100 anytime to make a TVC change. Please have your temporary vehicle’s plate number, owner’s name, state of registration, year, make and color available when you make the call. A temporary change is valid for up to fourteen(14) days. Temporary Vehicle changes are not valid for company vehicles, taxi, dealer plates or plates in judgment. You may also complete the Temporary Vehicle Change form (pdf).

Notification to Disability Permit Clients Regarding Theft of Applicant Records

In November 2015, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) learned that boxes of records were stolen from our Parking Permits office. Upon becoming aware of the suspected theft, DOT immediately reported it to the New York City Department of Investigation and the New York City Police Department. We are continuing to actively cooperate with their investigation. DOT deeply regrets any harm or inconvenience from this incident.

DOT has arranged for potentially affected parking applicants to receive credit monitoring and repair services from the company AllClear ID. If you received a notification letter and have questions or concerns, please contact All Clear ID at (855) 431-2167 any time of day. More information is available in the FAQ document available. FAQ for PPPD Application Records FAQ for PPPD Application Records in Chinese, Russian and Spanish

Missing, Lost or Stolen Permits

If your permit is lost or stolen, you must:

  • Report the loss or theft of the permit at the precinct nearest to the location where the incident occurred
  • Obtain a police incident slip/report indicating the lost/stolen permit along with the complaint number
  • Send DOT the original, completed police incident slip/report and a completed lost/stolen report form to our office:

    Permits and Customer Service Unit
    Parking Permits for People with Disabilities
    Lost and Stolen Permits
    30-30 Thomson Avenue, 2nd Floor
    Long Island City, NY 11101-3045

Please be careful with your permit. These permits are valuable and are sometimes stolen. Permits lost or stolen more than twice will be reissued at DOT's discretion.

If you never received a permit that you applied for, fill out and send in a completed never received permit form(pdf) to:

Permits and Customer Service Unit
Parking Permits for People with Disabilities
Permits Never Received
30-30 Thomson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101-3045

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