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Disabled parking identification permit (permanent disability)
Are you eligible?
Any person certified by an authorized health care specialist as having a permanent disability is eligible for the Disabled Parking Identification (DIS ID) Permit. By legal definition, this includes any person who:
- Cannot walk 200 feet or more without stopping to rest.
- Cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, another person or brace, cane, crutch, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistance device.
- Is restricted by lung disease to the extent that forced expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
- Uses portable oxygen.
- Has a cardiac condition to the extent that functional limitations are classified in severity as class III or IV, according to standards accepted by the American Heart Association.
- Is severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.
DIS ID permit display
A DIS ID permit must be hung from the interior rearview mirror of a motor vehicle when parking in a space reserved for persons with a physical disability. For exceptions to this rule, please contact the Special Plates Unit. Remove the permit from the rearview mirror when operating the vehicle.
DIS ID permit use
A motor vehicle (other than a motorcycle or moped) displaying a DIS ID permit issued by Wisconsin or any other state or country, is subject to all Wisconsin motor vehicle laws and qualifies for certain privileges:
- May park in spaces marked by official traffic signs reserving the space for vehicles displaying VET or DIS plates or a DIS ID permit in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
- Is exempt from any parking ordinance imposing time limits of one-half hour or more and is subject to the laws relating to parking.
- May park at a municipally-owned/leased lot without payment in metered spaces when the time limit is one-half hour or more. Payment may be required for privately-owned parking lots or those with an attendant.
- May obtain fuel from a full-service pump at the same price as fuel from a self-service pump at locations with both types of services, if the driver is the person with the disability. The driver of the vehicle must ask for the same price as charged for fuel dispensed from a self-service pump. The retailer is not required to provide any other service that is not provided to customers who use a self-service pump.
Things you should know
- Persons with a permanent disability will receive a blue DIS ID permit that must be renewed and recertified by an authorized health care specialist every four years.
- No fee is required for issuance, renewal or replacement of a DIS ID permit issued for a permanent disability. However, applications made at a local DMV service center that provides DIS ID permit service are subject to a counter service fee.
- Persons with a temporary disability should complete form MV2933 , Disabled Parking Identification Permit Application – Temporary Disability.
- If you are a licensed driver, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) may review your disability to make sure you are able to exercise ordinary and reasonable control of a motor vehicle. If the certifying health care specialist recommends a re-examination, you will be required to complete a knowledge, highway signs and road test to determine any license restrictions.
- A person with a valid DIS ID permit issued by another jurisdiction may use the permit while visiting this state.
- Disabled parking license plates provide the same privileges as DIS ID permits and are available for autos, light trucks, motor homes and motorcycles.
- An organization that regularly transports persons who have a temporary or permanent disability that impairs the ability to walk may apply for a DIS ID permit. Please contact the Special Plates Unit for information.
How to apply for a DIS ID permit (permanent disability)
Download the application form, MV2548.
- Read the Are you eligible? section and complete the Applicant section if you qualify.
- Have an authorized health care specialist complete the Eligibility section.
- You must keep a copy of the completed application on your person or in the vehicle and provide it to any traffic officer for inspection upon request. Make and keep a copy before submitting the application to WisDOT.
- Mail the completed application to:
Special Plates Unit – DIS ID
P.O. Box 7306
Madison, WI 53707-7306
Release of non exempt information
WisDOT uses the information on the MV2548 form to issue DIS ID permits. Under Wisconsin open records laws, WisDOT must provide information from its records to requesters. If you do not want your name and address included in requests we receive for ten or more records, you may ask the department to withhold your name and address from those lists by completing the Release of non exempt information portion on the application form.
WisDOT complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Call: (608) 264-7169
Fax: (608) 267-5106
Last modified: February 26, 2013
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