Parking for people with disabilities

Proper placard use

 

A valid parking placard and matching registration certificate can only be used by the person it is issued to.

 

Drivers

  • the driver must ensure that the placard is valid and there is a registration certificate  
  • you can use your valid placard and registration certificate in any vehicle that is being used to provide you with transportation 
  • the driver must obey other parking laws and pay any parking fees
  • persons issued a disabled licence plate and registration are subject to a yearly registration fee

Parking

  • your valid placard must be hung from the vehicle’s rear-view mirror with the registration number and expiry date visible from outside the vehicle
  • the matching registration certificate must be in the vehicle and presented on demand by a Peace Officer 
  • you must enter or exit the vehicle when parked in a stall marked for persons with disabilities 
  • municipal bylaws govern these parking stalls on both public and private property
  • a stall or parking space signed for persons with disabilities is  not for the exclusive use of one person with a disability; it may be used by others with valid placards 

Lost, stolen or expired placards/registration certificates 

if your placard or matching registration certificate is lost, stolen or damaged, you must report it to a registry agent

  • if your placard and registration certificate is no longer needed, you must return it to a registry agent office for cancellation
  • if your placard and registration certificate has expired and isn’t going to be renewed, it must be destroyed
  • the placard and registration certificate is null and void upon the holder’s death - relatives, friends and caregivers are not allowed to use the placard or registration certificate and must return both to a registry agent office for cancellation

Placard abuse

  • any abuse or misuse of a parking placard and registration certificate may result in the parking placard registration being cancelled - this includes: 
    • altering
    • defacing
    • duplicating 
    • tampering with the placard or registration certificate
    • allowing someone other than you to use the placard and registration certificate
  • the person with the disability cannot use disabled parking by remaining in the vehicle while the driver or another passenger leaves the vehicle
  • if parking privileges/placards are abused, your parking placard and registration may be cancelled and your parking privileges revoked
  • Service Alberta may notify enforcement authorities if your placard is cancelled

Reporting placard abuse

Using a placard

If you’re aware of someone using a parking placard that hasn’t been issued to them, report the incident to Alberta Registries, Motor Vehicles at sa.motorvehicles@gov.ab.ca and provide the following information:

  • details of the incident, including time and place
  • the licence plate number 
  • make/model of the vehicle
  • placard number
  • description of the individual using the placard

Using an accessible parking space

If you’re aware of someone parking in a designated stall and there isn’t a valid parking placard displayed OR a special disabled licence plate on the rear of the vehicle, contact the municipal parking authority.

Cancelling or Reporting a Placard Lost or Stolen.

If you no longer require your placard, or it has been lost or stolen, please complete a Licence Plate/Parking placard Cancellation Declaration form and provide it to a registry agent. You may also apply for a replacement at that time if required.

Contact this service

780-427-7013, toll free dial 310-0000 first in Alberta

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Related services

Information for Individuals (PDF, 2 pages)

Information for Organizations (PDF, 4 pages)

Information for Enforcement (PDF, 2 pages)