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Parking with Disabled Person Plates or Placard

If you have a Disabled Person (DP) placard or license plate, you can park in these spaces without a UC San Diego parking permit:

  • Handicap-accessible spaces designated by the wheelchair symbol, found in every UC San Diego parking lot
  • Metered spaces (no fee required)
  • Spaces marked S, B or A (see below for exception)

Disabled Person placard or plates alone are not valid in:

  • Spaces posted “A Permit required 7 days a week/ 24 hours a day”
  • Spaces marked “Reserved”
  • Areas painted with crosshatching or marked “No Parking”
  • Areas that are not designated parking spaces
  • Red curb, fire lane or yellow commercial zones (unless license plate allows)
  • Timed loading zones, beyond the specified time

See a map of accessible parking spaces on campus.

Follow these guidelines:

  • Clearly display your DP placard/plates.
    • The DP placard must be hung from the rearview mirror.
    • Only the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can issue DP placards/plates. To request a DP placard or plates, submit an application (PDF).
  • Always carry valid identification and your DP identification card when using your DP placard/ plates. Show to law enforcement officers upon request.
  • If another person drives or parks the vehicle, the authorized user must remain in the vehicle. Don’t let others use your DP placard to park in accessible spaces without you.
  • DP placards expire periodically. Be sure your placard is current.
  • Reserve wider “van accessible” spaces for vans with wheelchair lifts. If you don't use a lift-equipped van, only park in these spaces when no other handicap-accessible spaces are free.
  • Before arriving at UC San Diego, view the campus or Medical Center Hillcrest parking maps to locate accessible spaces.

Report Abuse

If you see a vehicle parked in a handicap-accessible space without a disabled placard or plates, or someone is misusing a disabled placard, please call (858) 822-3379.


Contact a parking office.