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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Disabled Parking Rules

Beginning July 1, 2014 new disabled parking rules will take effect. 
The existing program described below will remain valid until July 1, 2014.


People with disabilities displaying Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) authorized Disabled Persons Plates or permits have certain parking privileges in Portland to ensure accessibility to businesses and services.

Below is a description of parking regulations and violations relevant to people with disabilities and disabled parking spaces. Vehicles parking in violation of disabled parking regulations are subject to citation and/or tow.

Note: In the list below, not all circumstances are described for every specific violation. Anyone parking in Portland needs to comply with the following rules and any other special parking regulations.

Authorized Vehicles

Display official valid Disabled Persons plates or permit issued by the Oregon DMV (Driver and Motor Vehicle Services). Out of state vehicles with Disabled Persons plates or permits are honored if valid and properly displayed.

Permit Placement

When parked, hang the disabled person parking permit from the rearview mirror. If the vehicle does not have a rearview mirror, place the permit on the dashboard. Expiration date must show.


Enforcement personnel may ask for identification. Failure to produce ID may result in an "Unlawful Use" citation.

Meter Parking Privileges in Portland

Free and No Time Limit at 30 minute and longer meters. Pay meter and observe time limit at meters under 30 minutes. Note: State of Oregon Statutes allow privileges only at zones over 30 minutes.

Time Zone Parking Privileges in Portland

No Time Limit at 30 minutes and longer zones.  Observe time limit in zones under 30 minutes.  Note:  State of Oregon Statutes allow privileges only at zones over 30 minutes.

Parking Prohibited

Disabled person plates or permit do not allow parking privileges except as described above.  Disabled person plates or permit do not extend time limits in areas designated for special use and do not allow vehicle storage over 24 hours on public right-of-way.

It is against the law to use a disabled permit if any of the following is true:

  • Driver is not disabled,
  • Passenger transported is not disabled, or
  • Disabled person is not being transported to and/or from the parking location.

Need a Permit?

To obtain more information or to apply for Disabled Person Permits or Plates contact Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services.

Click here to read more about Disabled Parking.