Disabled parking identification permit (permanent disability)


A Disabled Parking Identification (DIS ID) hang tag is available free ​to those with an eligible permanent disability. (Or see​ temporary disability​). The 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 and removed when operating the vehicle.​​


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.

Vehicles that qualify
  • Any vehicle that is transporting an eligible person with a valid disability tag may display the DIS ID permit. 
  • A person with a valid DIS ID permit issued by another state may use the permit while visiting this state.
  • 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.

Other considerations
  • If you are a licensed driver, the DMV 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.
  • Disabled parking license plates provide the same privileges as DIS ID permits and are available for autos, light trucks, motor homes and motorcycles.

A motor vehicle 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 time limits of one-half hour or more but 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. ​
  • WisDOT may cancel Disabled parking permits that were issued as a result of fraud or error or that were used by anyone not authorized to do so.
  • ​Persons with a permanent disability may receive a blue DIS ID permit that must be renewed and recertified by an authorized health care specialist every four years.
  • Your health care specialist must complete the Health care certification section on the Permanent Disabled Parking Identification Permit application MV2548 or MV2548s (Spanish).
  • Healthcare specialists can certify first-time and recertify disabled parking eligibility online disabledparking.wi.gov

Download the Permanent Disabled Parking Identification Permit application​ form MV2548 or MV2548s (Spanish)

  1. Read the Are you eligible? section and complete the Applicant section if you qualify.
  2. Have an authorized health care specialist complete the Eligibility section.
  3. You must keep a copy of the completed application on your person or in the vehicle and provide it to any traffic officer upon request. Make and keep a copy before submitting the application to WisDOT.
  4. Mail the completed application to:

Special Plates Unit – DIS ID
P.O. Box 7306
Madison, WI 53707-7306

No fee is required to get an original DIS ID permit, renewal or replacement card for a permanent disability. However, applications made at a local DMV customer service center that provides DIS ID permit service are subject to a counter service fee.

WisDOT complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.​


Questions? Contact:

​Special Plates Unit
Email Wisconsin DMV email service
Phone (608) 266-3041
Fax (608) 267-5106

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