The process of getting your disabled parking permit in Illinois is user-friendly and can be done almost entirely online. Today, we’ll outline the steps you need to go through to get your disabled parking permit online in Illinois.
Can You Get Your Disabled Parking Permit Online In Illinois?
Where Do You Apply For A Disabled Parking Permit Online In Illinois?
Applications for all types of Illinois disabled parking permits should be submitted to the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State. Application forms can be downloaded from the Illinois Secretary of State website and must be submitted by mail or in person.
What Types Of Illinois Disabled Parking Permits Are Available?
You can get the following different types of disabled parking permits in Illinois:
- Permanent disabled placard
- Permanent disabled license plate
- Meter-exempt permanent placard
- Temporary disabled placard
- Organization permit
- Disabled Veterans license plate
A person will qualify for a meter-exempt permanent placard if they are:
- Unable to access parking meters
- Unable to reach 42 inches above the ground
- Unable to handle coins due to hand disabilities
- Unable to walk more than 20 feet at a time
How Do I Apply For A Handicap Placard In Illinois?
The first step when applying for disabled parking permit online in Illinois is to have a telemedicine consultation with a state-licensed medical professional. This can be done using an online telemedicine clinic.
Once the medical professional verifies your suitability for disabled parking, they will complete the medical certification section of the Illinois handicap placard application form and email it to you within one working day.
You must then complete the application form and submit it by mail to:
Secretary of State,
Persons with Disabilities License Plates/Placard Unit,
501 S. Second St., Rm. 541,
Springfield, IL 62756.
Applications for temporary placards can be mailed or submitted in person at any Secretary of State facility.
You can choose to get a permanent disabled license plate if you are:
- Permanently disabled and you own your own car
- The parent and guardian of disabled children
- An immediate family member who lives at the same address as a disabled person you care for
- An organization that transports disabled people
- A disabled veteran
What Are The Qualifying Conditions For A Disabled Parking Permit In Illinois?
The qualifying conditions for an Illinois disabled parking permit are:
- Lung disease to such a degree that the person’s forced (respiratory) expiratory volume is one second when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter
- Use of a portable oxygen device
- Class III or Class IV cardiac condition according to the standards set by the American Heart Association
- An inability to walk without the assistance of a wheelchair, walker, crutch, brace, and other prosthetic device or without the assistance of another person
- Severe limitation in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, oncological, or orthopedic condition
- An inability to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest because of one of the above five conditions
- Missing a hand or arm or has permanently lost the use of a hand or arm
What Medical Professionals Can Certify An Application For Disabled Parking In Illinois?
The following state-licensed medical professionals can certify an application for disabled parking in Illinois:
- Licensed physician
- Physician’s assistant
- Advanced practice nurse
How Much Does A Disability Placard Cost In Illinois?
Disabled parking placards are free in Illinois, but there are registration fees for disabled license plates.
What Are The Illinois Disabled Parking Rules And Regulations?
- Disabled permit-holders can park in any designated disabled parking space in Illinois
- Permit holders must pay to park in metered parking spaces, unless they hold a meter-exempt permanent placard
- It is illegal to park in any areas that are signposted as “No Parking”, or reserved for emergency vehicles or commercial vehicles
- Disabled parking placards must be hung from the rearview mirror while a vehicle is parked in a disabled parking space and safely stowed away while the vehicle is in motion
- Illinois recognizes disabled parking permits from all other US states, all US overseas territories, Canada, Mexico, UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Switzerland