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Information for Disabled Drivers in Illinois

In Illinois, drivers certified by licensed health personnel to have impaired mobility or a condition which substantially interferes with mobility may qualify for "Disabled" status.

You are also considered a disabled driver if you:

  • Cannot walk 200 feet without the assistance of another person, prosthetic device, wheel chair, or other assistive device.
  • Are restricted by lung disease to such a degree that forced (respiratory) expiratory volume (FEV) in 1 second, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter.
  • Use portable oxygen.
  • Have a Class III or Class IV cardiac condition according to standards set by the American Heart Association.
  • Are severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.
  • Have permanently lost the use of or is missing a hand or an arm.

Disabled persons can acquire a Disability placard or DP license plates. These entitle you to special parking privileges in areas designated for disabled persons, whenever you are the driver or a passenger of the vehicle. Misuse or abuse of these privileges is a misdemeanor; offenders can get fines of $250-$2,500 and suspension of their driving privileges for up to 1 year. Forgery and/or trading in counterfeit or genuine placards invite higher penalties, including time in state prison.

Other facilities available for disabled drivers include:

  • Vehicles properly displaying disability plates or parking placard are exempt from meter fees or time limitations on parking, except at meters, signs or other markings with time limitations of 30 minutes or less.
  • Availing of refueling assistance at gas stations at no additional charge.
  • Ability to take a leashed service animal along to the VSD.
  • TTY for Speech and Hearing Impaired.
  • Specially designated counters for Disabled Persons at the VSD office.

Visit the section on Illinois VSD's Persons with Disabilities for details.

HOW TO APPLY FOR DISABLED STATUS

You are considered to have disabled status when you acquire a disability parking placard or license plates. The procedure to acquire these is explained below.

Duration of status

Disability license plates are available only to those who are permanently disabled and must be renewed annually.

Disability placards may be issued to those with permanent or temporary disabilities:

  • Permanent placards are issued to persons with a permanent disability and expire on the last day of the holder's birth month in 2010.
  • Temporary placards are issued to persons with a temporary disability and are valid for the length of time indicated by the certifying physician, not to exceed six months if issued by the Secretary of State and 90 days if issued by a local municipality.
  • Organization placards are issued to organizations that transport persons with disabilities free of charge and expire on April 30, 2010.

How to apply for DP license plates or a DP placard

To obtain Disability license plates:

  1. Download and complete the disability certification application.
  2. Have a licensed physician complete and sign side A of the form.
  3. Provide the current registration card in your name, or documents that prove the vehicle is registered in your name; as well as any registration fees due on the vehicle.
  4. Apply in person at the Vehicle Services Department in Springfield or mail the completed form to the following address:
    Secretary of State
    

    501 S. 2nd St.

    Howlett Building, Room 541

    Springfield, Illinois 62756

To obtain a disability parking placard:

  1. Download and complete the disability certification application.
  2. Have a licensed physician complete and sign side A of the form.
  3. Temporary placards may be obtained from the nearest Vehicle Services Department. Permanent placards can only be obtained in person from the Vehicle Services Department in Springfield or by mailing the completed form to the following address:
    Secretary of State
    

    501 S. 2nd St.

    Howlett Building, Room 541

    Springfield, Illinois 62756

FEE

A permanent or temporary disability placard is free. A fee of $10 is charged for replacement placards. Disability plates cost $29 in addition to the normal registration fees. Replacement plates also cost $29. No additional charges are leveled for renewing disability license plates other than the normal renewal charges. Personalized or vanity disability license plates are also available at extra charges. Please visit the License Plate Guide for Persons with Disabilities section for more details.

RENEWAL

Once the validity of permanent disability placard is over, the VSD will mail you a placard renewal form 2 months prior to expiry to the address on record. Follow the instructions on the renewal form.

REPLACEMENT

To replace lost, stolen or mutilated placards:

  1. Download and complete the Application for Replacement Disability Parking Placard.
  2. Enclose any mutilated placard or remaining plates.
  3. Submit the application in Person to the Springfield office of the VSD or mail the application, along with the replacement fee to:
    Vehicle Services Department
    Special Plates Division
    501 S. Second St., Rm. 541
    Springfield, IL 62756    

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reviews of Information for Disabled Drivers in Illinois

Three weeks ago I sent for my disabled placard and have not yet received it. When may I expect to get it?

how long does it take to receive a replacement permanent placard?

How long does it take to receive a replacement placard?

SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, AROUND JAN. I PICKED UP A RENEWAL FORM FOR A DISABLED PLACARD.

MY DOCTOR FILLED IT OUT AND MAILED IT BACK.

I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE NEW CARD.

FOR: GEORGE SILBIS, D.O.B (http://D.O.B) 07-19-1916

MAILING ADDRESS: 1376 CRANBROOK CR. AURORA,IL.60502

PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE OR WHEN TO EXPECT MY CARD.

YOU MAY CALL MY DAUGHTER.CAROL 630-340-4568 OR EMAIL TO: CAPSTS1@YAHOO.COM.

THANK YOU, GEORGE SILBIS

SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, AROUND JAN. I PICKED UP A RENEWAL FORM FOR A DISABLED PLACARD.

MY DOCTOR FILLED IT OUT AND MAILED IT BACK.

I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE NEW CARD.

FOR: GEORGE SILBIS, D.O.B (http://D.O.B) 07-19-1916

MAILING ADDRESS: 1376 CRANBROOK CR. AURORA,IL.60501

PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE OR WHEN TO EXPECT MY CARD.

YOU MAY CALL MY DAUGHTER.CAROL 630-340-4568 OR EMAIL TO: CAPSTS1@YAHOO.COM.

THANK YOU, GEORGE SILBIS

 

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