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Disabled Parking Information

In order to ensure access to our beautiful campus by those with mobility challenges, the University has established several locations for Disabled Parking. These parking locations were strategically chosen in locations which provide access to our buildings through entrances which can accommodate those with mobility disabilities.

University police officers strictly enforce disabled parking areas to ensure that these spots remain open for those with disabilities and that the fraudulent use of Disable Parking Identification permits is deterred. 

Handicap parking tag

Disabled Parking Stalls are...

  1. Designated parking areas that are available for individuals with disabilities.
  2. Available for use by permit and non-permit holders alike. However, the use of disabled stalls by non-permit holders will count towards the 5 free parking days per semester. 
  3. Available for use with any paid parking session and disabled parking rights.

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

Disable Parking Placard/Permit use

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. A person who displays a DIS ID permit on their vehicle:
  • May park in spaces marked by official traffic signs reserving the space for vehicles displaying VET or DIS plates or a DIS ID permit.
  • Is exempt from any parking ordinance imposing time limits of one-half hour or more and is subject to the laws relating to parking.

Things you should know

  • Permits can be used in any vehicle in which you are a passenger or driver.
  • You must keep a copy of this completed application and provide it to any traffic officer for inspection upon request. 
  • Individuals with a permanent disability must be recertified every four years.   

Misuse of DIS ID permit

  • Any person who sells or lends a DIS ID permit to someone who is not authorized by law to use it may be fined up to $300 and may have the permit confiscated. 
  • Any person who fraudulently obtains, makes, alters, reproduces or duplicates a DIS ID permit may be fined up to $500.
  • Operating a motor vehicle when a DIS ID permit is hanging from the rearview mirror is a safety hazard and creates an obstruction to a driver’s clear view through the front windshield. Violators may be fined up to $100.
  • WisDOT may cancel a DIS ID permit that was issued as a result of fraud, error or improper use.
 Permanent Disable Parking Identification Permit Information and Application can be found using the following link: