Disabled residents of Vermont may be entitled to handicap parking benefits when they fill out a handicap parking application. The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles offers several different types of handicap parking permits, including:
- Permanent disability placards (valid for up to four years)
- Temporary disability placards (valid for up to six months)
- Disability license plates (can be renewed on the third vehicle registration renewal)
When you have a handicap parking sticker, you are entitled to park in designated handicap spots, park longer than the posted time limits in spots with time restrictions and can even receive assistance at some gas stations.
You must always display your handicap placard clearly from your rearview mirror when parked in a handicap spot. Failure to clearly display it may result in a fine or citation, in accordance with Vermont handicap parking laws. You must also be sure to remove the placard when you put the vehicle in motion.
If you have been issued a handicap parking sticker in Vermont, you must either be the driver or a passenger in a vehicle parked in a designated handicap spot. Anyone who uses a handicap placard and is not handicapped could face serious penalties.
Parking Pass Requirements
In order to be eligible for a handicap parking permit in Vermont, you must meet the following qualifications:
- Inability to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest
- Restricted by a severe lung disease
- Unable to walk without using a crutch, cane, brace, prosthetic device, wheelchair, another person or any other assistive device
- Requires the use of portable oxygen
- Has a Class III or Class IV cardiac condition in accordance with the standards set by the American Heart Association
- Limited mobility due to an arthritic, orthopedic or neurological condition
- Having vision that does not exceed 20/200 in the best eye with corrective lenses
- If vision is better than 20/200, the field of vision must be at an angle of no more than 20 degrees
How to Apply
You can fill out your handicap parking application and submit it via mail or in person at a local Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles office. The application process includes:
- Filling out the Vermont Temporary Disabled Parking Placard Application and Medical Form (Form TA-VL-38) for temporary placards
- Filling out the Disabled Parking Placard Application (Form TA-VD-120) and the Universal Medical Evaluation/Progress Report Form (Form TA-VS-113) for permanent placards
- Filling out the Registration/Tax/Title Application (Form TA-VD-119) and the Universal Medical Evaluation/Progress Report Form (Form TA-VA-113) for disability license plates
- Having the medical certification section of each form completed by a medical professional
Please click here for more information on how to get your online medical certification from a licensed physician in Vermont.
Temporary handicap placards cannot be renewed, so you must fill out a new handicap parking application form if you still need your placard. Permanent handicap placards can be renewed by filling out a new application, but you do not need a new medical certification statement if your original form indicates your disability will never change or improve. Your disability license plate can be renewed by paying your vehicle registration fees and submitting a recertification of your medical condition on the third registration renewal.
We have licensed physicians in every state eager to evaluate your disability to determine whether you qualify for a handicap parking permit. If you believe you meet the qualifications in Vermont, be sure to contact us.