December 5, 2011

Persons with Disability Parking Device

NEWS FOR YOU…. from the Iowa D.O.T.

Persons with Disability Parking Device

By Debra Carney
Driver License Supervisor, Office of Driver Services
Davenport, Iowa

With approaching inclement weather, every day trips may become more challenging. Colder weather may make it more difficult to breathe when walking to and from your vehicle, or you may have some physical limitation that makes that walk difficult.

The State of Iowa issues removable windshield placards, license plates or license plate stickers to individuals with a disability that limits or impairs the person’s ability to walk.

• Removable windshield placards are issued to a person with a disability on a temporary (six months) or permanent basis. Removable windshield placards may also be issued to an organization that transports persons with disabilities and/or elderly customers.
• Persons with disabilities license plates are issued to the owner of a vehicle who is a person with a permanent disability, or they may be issued to the parent or guardian of a child with a disability, if the child lives with the parent or guardian.
• Stickers are issued to an owner of a vehicle who is a person with a disability who does not want a persons with disabilities license plate.

You will be required to provide a medical statement from a physician, chiropractor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner on their letterhead stationery, stating you are a person with a disability and that disability is either temporary or permanent.

To obtain the removable windshield placard present the medical statement to any Iowa DOT full service driver’s license site or county treasurer’s driver’s license office. Applications and the medical statement are required if you chose to obtain the placard through the mail at the Iowa DOT Office of Vehicle Services at: Office of Vehicle Services, Iowa Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 9278, Des Moines, IA 50306-9278

Persons with disabilities plates are available at your county treasurer’s office. If you currently have a removable windshield placard in your name you will need to present your license plate and registration to your county treasurer. If you do not have a windshield placard you must also present the medical statement. Stickers are only available at the Office of Vehicle Services listed above.

There is no cost for the removable windshield placard, license plate or license plate sticker. However the regular annual vehicle registration fee is still required for the license plate.