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We wrote a guide explaining the different types of disabled placards and plates as well as who qualifies for them and how to get them!
What the placards and plates mean in Texas
The blue placard which typically hangs from your rear view mirror is for individuals with a permanent disability and is renewable every 4 years.
The red placard is for individuals with a temporary disability and expires in 6 months or less.
The license plate with the International Symbol of Access (ISA) and is for individuals with a permanent disability.
If you have a disabled parking placard or a license plate with the ISA then you can park in any disability parking spaces or spot designated for disabled persons and are exempt from local and state government parking meters.
You are eligible for a placard and plate if you meet the legal definition of “disability”
The following qualify as a disability:
You can apply or renew for either or both placard and plates at your county tax assessor-collector’s office.
You will need your doctor to fill out the Disability statement section of the application and then submit the completed application to the assessor’s office.
If you are renewing you will also need to submit your original application or your expiring placard!
Another great resource for information about disability placards & disability plates is this brochure!
To qualify for a Disabled Veteran license plate: