New, Easier to Read Placards for Disabled Drivers in North Carolina Debut

The new placards are available for North Carolina drivers with either a temporary or permanent disability

New, Easier to Read Placards for Disabled Drivers in North Carolina Debut
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May 20, 2016

Beginning on Monday, May 23, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) will unveil new disability parking placards for use by disabled drivers in North Carolina.

The redesigned placards are the result of a study authorized by the NC General Assembly that sought to decrease the misuse of windshield handicapped placards and make them more visible to law enforcement officers.

The new placards, constructed of a highly durable material, are available for North Carolina drivers with either a temporary or permanent disability. The length of the disability will determine how the placard looks (whether temporary or permanent).

The placard for a temporary disability, such as an injured leg or foot, has an easily recognizable red block on the top and is issued for a six-month time period only.

The permanent placard, which is good for five years before needing to be renewed, is all blue and white. Both placards have a clearly visible expiration sticker on both sides.

The placards instruct users to install the placards while parked and remind them that the placard is not transferable to other persons. Each placard costs $5.

Application forms for the disability placards are available now on the DMV website.

Get more information about handicapped placards and plates in NC.