Parking Permits for People with Disabilities

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The NYC DOT Parking Permits and Customer Service call center and office at 30-30 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens, is closed until further notice.

  • We are not processing any permits at this time.
  • Please do not mail or drop off applications to this location.
  • You can get information and updates by calling the Parking Permits recorded information line at 718-433-3100.

New York City issues two types of permits for citizens with disabilities - a New York State permit and a New York City Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (NYC PPPD). There are different eligibility requirements and different uses for these permits. The State permit can only be used in designated parking spaces for people with disabilities, while the NYC PPPD is valid for on-street parking throughout New York City. The NYC PPPD application also requires supporting medical documentation. Learn more about New York State Permits Visitors and Tourists Parking Permits Learn more about NYC PPPD

For information on both the New York State and NYC PPPD, you may download the brochure for Parking Permits for People with Disabilities in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish or Urdu (pdfs). For more City services for people with disabilities, visit the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.

New York State Permits

We are not processing any New York State hangtag permits at this time. Please do not mail or drop off applications. You can get information and updates by calling the Parking Permits recorded information line at 718-433-3100.

You are eligible to be issued a New York State disability parking permit for the disabled if you are a New York City resident and have a severe, permanent or temporary, qualifying mobility impairment as certified by a New York State-licensed physician or podiatrist. You do not have to be a driver or registered owner of a vehicle to get a permit. Disabled children and legally blind persons are eligible for permits.

According to the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 404A, to be eligible for the State Permit you must:

  • have limited or no use of one or both legs;
  • have a neuro-muscular dysfunction which severely limits mobility;
  • have another physical or mental disability which makes the use of public transportation difficult; or
  • be legally blind.

Your physician must state whether the condition is permanent or temporary in nature and describe how severely and regularly the condition affects your ability to walk.

Using the State Permit

The state permit is a blue plastic hangtag displaying the universal International Symbol of Access for people with disabilities (temporary permits are red plastic hangtags). Hang it from the inside rearview mirror of your vehicle.

The permit is valid everywhere in New York State where there are designated parking spaces for people with disabilities. In New York City, these spaces are all off-street, such as in parking lots for malls, office buildings or college campuses. It is also valid in all other states and Canadian provinces. The permit may be used only when the permit-holder is traveling in the vehicle. Please note: Copying the permit is not allowed and never lets you disobey state or local parking regulations.

The State permit may be valid up to five (5) years and always expires the last day of the month.

Visitors and Tourists Parking Permits

New York State honors accessible parking permits from other US states, as well as other countries. However, you cannot utilize these permits to park on any street in New York City. These permits may only be used in designated disability spaces within off-street parking lots in New York City. To park on NYC streets, you may apply for a NYC PPPD: Download the Application for a New York City Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (pdf)  For information about City services for people with disabilities, visit the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/index.page

Applying for the State Permit

To apply, you must submit the DMV application form to DOT’s State Parking Permits for People with Disabilities (PPPD) unit. Download the Application for a New York State Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (pdf).

Download the Application for a New York State Parking Permit for People with Disabilities in:
Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

When applying, you must provide a valid copy of your NYS Driver's License or NYS Non-Driver's Identification card or the New York City Municipal Identification Card as identification.

If you do not have access to a computer, you may receive the paper application form by contacting 311.

New York City Parking Permits for People with Disabilities (NYC PPPD)

  • NYC DOT is extending the permit expiration for all NYC PPPD or Temporary PPPD that expired, or will expire in 2020.
  • Any NYC PPPD and Temporary PPPD that expired in 2019, or an earlier year, will be issued a summons. Do not use permits with a 2019 or prior year expiration date.
  • New Temporary Vehicle Changes (TVC) for NYC PPPD will not be processed at this time.

The NYC PPPD can be used with up to three vehicles. The permit must be displayed in full view on the driver’s side dashboard of the vehicle that is transporting the permit holder. No copies are allowed. Both city residents and non-City residents are eligible for a NYC PPPD.

To be eligible to receive a NYC PPPD, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must require the use of a private vehicle for transportation.
  • You must have a severe, permanent disability that impairs mobility as certified by your personal physician and a New York City physician designated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Medical Certification Unit (MCU).

Using the New York City Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (NYC PPPD)

The NYC PPPD is a rectangular placard. Display it in full view on the driver’s side dashboard.

Unlike the state permit, your NYC PPPD entitles drivers to park only in New York City.

The following list indicates what is covered by your NYC PPPD.

The permit entitles the operator of a vehicle to park:
  • At any metered parking space, Passenger or Commercial, without charge
  • At any “No Parking” space regardless of hours including those for Street Cleaning regulations
  • At any space designated for use by Authorized Vehicles, including Diplomats (DPL), New York Press (NYP) or any governmental agency, except spaces designated for Ambulances and Ambulettes
  • In any "No Standing except Trucks Loading/Unloading or Truck Loading" Zone (EXCEPTION: Garment District parking area on cross town streets 35th-41st Streets, between 6th and 8th Avenues). These signs should be read carefully; permit holders may park only during the days and times that trucks may park.
New York City Special Parking Identification Permits are not authorized for parking:
  • In a No Stopping Zone
  • In a general No Standing Zone with restricted hours ( i.e. No Standing 4PM - 7PM)
  • In spaces designated for Ambulances and Ambulettes
  • In a Hotel Loading Zone
  • In a taxi stand
  • In For-Hire Vehicle stands
  • In carshare parking spaces
  • In a bus stop
  • In a fire zone
  • Within 15 feet of a fire hydrants
  • In a driveway or crosswalk or on a sidewalk
  • Or for Double parking

The City permit is valid until the expiration date printed on the permit. Approximately six weeks before the scheduled expiration date, you will receive your renewal form. Your permit will be renewed unless your condition requires a medical re-examination.

Applying for the New York City Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (NYC PPPD)

We are not processing any NYC Parking Permits for People with Disabilities (NYC PPPD) at this time.

When applying, you must provide a valid copy of your Driver's License or a Non-Driver's Identification card or the New York City Municipal Identification Card as identification. You must also include copies of all vehicle registrations (maximum of three) which will be registered on the permit. They must be current and valid. NYC DOT will not accept any plate number in judgment with the NYC Dept. of Finance.

Download the Application for a New York City Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (pdf) Download the Application for a NYC PPPD in: Arabic (pdf), Bengali (pdf), Chinese (pdf), French (pdf), Haitian Creole (pdf), Italian (pdf), Korean (pdf), Polish (pdf), Russian (pdf), Spanish (pdf), or Urdu (pdf)

Write your name on the application exactly as it appears on your State-issued Driver's License, Non-driver’s ID; or, New York City Municipal Identification card. Mail the completed application to:

Permits & Customer Service
City Disability Parking Applications
New York City Department of Transportation
30-30 Thomson Avenue 2nd floor
Long Island City, NY 11101

NYC DOT’s PPPD Unit will review your application for completeness and forward it to the DOHMH Medical Certification Unit. Incomplete applications will be returned with a letter requesting the missing information. DOHMH’s Certification Unit will review your application and supporting medical documentation. If DOHMH approves your application, the PPPD unit will issue you a permit. If DOHMH denies your application, the PPPD unit will send you a denial letter with an explanation of the appeal process. The entire application process could take up to 90 days.

Renewing your New York City Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (NYC PPPD)

NYC DOT is extending the permit expiration for all NYC PPPD that expired, or will expire in 2020.

Please note that you will not receive renewal notice if you have moved without notifying NYC DOT.

Temporary Vehicle Changes (TVC) for New York City Parking Permits for People with Disabilities (NYC PPPD)

  • New Temporary Vehicle Changes for NYC PPPD will not be processed at this time.

Permanent Vehicle Changes (PVC) for New York City Parking Permits for People with Disabilities (NYC PPPD)

New Permanent Vehicle Changes (PVC) for NYC PPPD will not be processed at this time.

Never Received, Lost or Stolen Permits

Reports of permits that were never received, lost or stolen will not be processed at this time.

If your permit is lost or stolen, you must:

  • Report the loss or theft of the permit at the precinct nearest to the location where the incident occurred
  • Obtain a police incident slip/report indicating the lost/stolen permit along with the complaint number
  • Send NYC DOT the original, completed police incident slip/report and a completed lost/stolen report form to our office:

    Permits and Customer Service Unit
    Lost and Stolen Permits PPPD
    New York City Department of Transportation
    30-30 Thomson Avenue, 2nd Floor
    Long Island City, NY 11101-3045

Please be careful with your permit. These permits are valuable and are sometimes stolen. Permits lost or stolen more than twice will be reissued at NYC DOT's discretion.

If you never received a permit that you applied for, fill out and send in a completed never received permit form (pdf) to:

Permits and Customer Service Unit
Never Received Permits PPPD
New York City Department of Transportation
30-30 Thomson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101-3045

To Update Personal Information in New York City and/or New York State Permit Profiles

To update your personal information in New York City or New York State permit profiles, please complete and download the Change of Address (COA) Form and mail both form and required documents to:

Permits and Customer Service
Change of Address-PPPD
New York City Department of Transportation
30-30 Thomson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101

You can also request a (COA) form by calling 311. Outside of New York City call (212) 639-9675. For TTY call (212) 504-4115.