Secretary of State
Permanent disability parking placards are blue and are valid for four years, expiring on the applicant's birthday. To obtain a permanent placard, you must have a disability that is not expected to improve. A qualifying disability is defined as blindness or any condition that significantly limits a person's ability to walk or that requires a wheelchair, walker, crutch or other assistive device.
A permanent placard may be obtained by making an appointment at any Secretary of State office. The placard application must be completed by the applicant and a physician, chiropractor, optometrist, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner. Branch offices cannot accept photocopies of completed applications. Blank application forms may be photocopied. There is no fee for an original placard.
You may not park for free with a permanent placard unless it has a yellow free-parking sticker. Please note that privately owned parking lots and garages are not required to provide free parking. To qualify for a free-parking sticker, you must have a valid Michigan driver's license and be unable to do one or more of the following:
Your medical professional must certify in part 3 of the application that you meet the requirements for free parking.
Permanent placards may be renewed up to 45 days before the placard's expiration date or up to six months early if the applicant will be out of state during the renewal period or has other good reason for renewing early. There is no renewal fee. A physician's statement is not required for renewals.
Other convenient options are offered for renewing a permanent disability parking placard with the new placard being issued by mail; renew by submitting a request at Michigan.gov/ContactSOS, by telephone at 888-SOS-MICH (888-767-6424), or by mail to:
Michigan Department of State
PO Box 30764
Lansing MI 48909-8264
Please make sure to include your expiring permit number and your name, address and a daytime phone number with your renewal request.
There is a $10 fee to replace a lost or stolen placard. Identification must be presented by the applicant when requesting a replacement placard.