Welcome – today we’re here to discuss everything you need to know about how to get a disabled parking permit in Baltimore!

Is There A Baltimore City Handicap Parking Permit?

Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland. Disabled drivers in Baltimore will apply for a Maryland disabled parking permit. Baltimore residents can also apply to the city’s Residential Reserved Disabled Parking Program to reserve a parking space in the city.

What Types Of Disabled Parking Permits Are Available In Baltimore?

The following types of disabled parking permits are available in Baltimore:

  • Permanent disabled parking placard
  • Permanent disabled parking license plate
  • Temporary disabled parking permit
  • Organizational disabled parking permit
  • Disabled Veterans license plate (available for people who have a 100% military service-related disability, as certified by the Veterans Administration)

What Are The Qualifying Conditions For A Disability Parking Permit In Baltimore?

A person will qualify for a disabled parking permit in Baltimore if:

  • They have lung disease to such an extent that forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or arterial oxygen tension (p02) is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest
  • They have cardiovascular disease limitations classified in severity as Class III or Class IV by the American Heart Association
  • They are unable to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest
  • They are unable to walk 200 feet without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, or other assistance device
  • They require a wheelchair for mobility
  • They have lost an arm, hand, foot, or leg
  • They have lost the use of an arm, hand, foot or leg
  • They have a permanent disability that adversely impacts their ambulatory ability and which is so severe that they would endure a hardship or be subject to a risk of injury if a permanent permit were denied
  • They have a permanent impairment of both eyes so that: 1) The central vision acuity is 20/200 or less in the better eye, with corrective glasses, or 2) There is a field defect in which the peripheral field has contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees in the better eye

A person will qualify for a temporary placard if they have a disability that is not permanent but would substantially impair their mobility or limit or impair their ability to walk for at least three weeks, and is so severe that they would endure a hardship or be subject to risk of injury if the temporary permit was denied.

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Who Can Certify A Disability Parking Permit Baltimore Application?

  • Licensed physician
  • Licensed nurse practitioner
  • Licensed physician’s assistant
  • Licensed chiropractor
  • Licensed podiatrist
  • Licensed physical therapist
  • Licensed optometrist

A person who has lost an arm, hand, foot, or leg may self-certify their condition by appearing in person with proper identification.

How To Get A Disabled Parking Permit In Baltimore

To get a disabled parking permit in Baltimore, the first step is to have a telemedicine consultation with a medical professional at an online clinic. Once the physician has certified your disability they will email you a signed application form, which you will then complete and submit either in person at a Maryland MVA office (applications are not accepted at the Oakland office) or by mail to:

Motor Vehicle Administration,
6601 Ritchie Highway,
N.E., Glen Burnie,
Maryland 21062
(Attn: Disability Unit)

When Do Disabled Parking Permits Expire In Baltimore?

All disabled parking permits expire in Baltimore:

  • Temporary placards expire after six months
  • Permanent placards do not contain an expiration date, but the Maryland MVA will send you a renewal notice before your placard expires, so make sure your address is up to date.
  • License plates expire after two years

How To Renew A Disabled Parking Permit In Baltimore

Temporary placards cannot be renewed in Baltimore. If you still need to use disabled parking once your original placard expires, you will need to apply for a new one.

To renew a permanent placard, you must verify the information on the renewal notice, note any changes (such as a change of address), sign and date the application provided, and mail it back to the address on the notice.

How Do I Get A Handicapped Parking Spot In Baltimore?

If you meet certain eligibility criteria, you can get a handicapped parking spot in Baltimore by applying to the Residential Reserved Disabled Parking Program.

This program reserves an on-street parking space for eligible Baltimore City residents.

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Who Is Eligible For A Residential Reserved Disabled Parking Spot In Baltimore?

To qualify for a Baltimore Residential Handicap Parking spot, you must:

  • Provide acceptable documented medical information from a licensed physician stating that you have a permanent disability that severely limits your mobility
  • Not have accessible off-street parking such as a driveway, garage, or parking pad on your property
  • Be unable to utilize any form of public transportation, relying upon operating a personal vehicle as your sole means of transportation

Baltimore Residential Handicap Parking Application

To apply for a Baltimore Residential Handicap Parking spot, download an application form, fill it in, and submit it to:

200 W. Lombard Street, Suite B,
MD 21201
(Attn: Reserved Residential Handicap Parking)

You can also apply online for a disabled parking permit in Baltimore.

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