Permits for disabled individuals
IU Bloomington faculty, staff, or students who demonstrate a need for disabled parking may purchase a Disabled permit that allows access to disabled parking on campus.
If you already have a Disabled permit, you may be able to renew it online. If you are buying a Disabled permit for the first time, or you do not have the option to renew online, you will need to follow the instructions.
Who is eligible to purchase a Disabled permit?
Parking Operations defines a disabled individual as a person with (either temporarily or permanently):
- An obvious physical disability that requires the use of a wheelchair, braces, walkers, or crutches
- Permanent loss of the use of one or both legs
- Severely restricted mobility (as determined and certified by a physician due to a pulmonary or cardiovascular disability, arthritis with complications, or an orthopedic or neurological impairment)
Conditions that are not considered disabilities by Parking Operations
Example of conditions that do not normally require special parking privileges include:
- Normal pregnancy
- Menstrual difficulties
- Migraine headaches
- Diabetes (without other complications)
- Foot problems (e.g., plantar warts, calluses, bunions)
- Mononucleosis (unless directed by a physician)
- Arthritis (without complications)
Note: These examples are only intended as guidelines. Consideration will be given based on individual circumstances. To determine whether you are eligible for a Disabled permit, please contact Parking Operations.
How much does a Disabled permit cost?
The price of a Disabled permit is the same as the price of the "parent" permit. For example, a Disabled-EM-P permit is the same price as a regular EM-P permit and allows you to park in any disabled space and anywhere an EM-P permit allows you to park. Please contact Parking Operations for current pricing.
What do I need to purchase a Disabled permit?
Depending on your individual circumstances, you may either follow the "fast track" process or the full process in order to obtain a Disabled permit.
Fast track process
If you already have a state-issued disabled plate or hang tag, or an Indiana-issued Disabled Hoosier Veteran plate, then you simply need to follow these instructions to receive a Disabled permit from IU. If you do not have any of these items, then you need to follow instructions for the full process below, which involves providing medical documentation.
- Already have a disabled plate? You simply need to bring a copy of your car registration to the Parking Operations office. The registration must be in the name of the person requesting the permit (if two names are listed on the registration, the Indiana BMV lists the disabled person's name first).
- Already have a disabled placard or hang tag? If you have a state-issued disabled placard or hang tag, you need to bring a copy of the receipt indicating that the tag has been issued in your name to the Parking Operations office.
If you do not already have a state-issued disabled plate, placard, or hang tag, then you will need to follow the steps below to receive a Disabled permit.
- Provide evidence of need
Obtain a letter signed by a licensed physician (who is unrelated to the applicant) stating the following:
- nature of the disability
- projected duration of the disability
- the need for special parking privileges
- Bring the physician's letter to Parking Operations
Bring the letter from your physician to the Parking Operations office. Parking Operations will then issue you a temporary permit (valid for one month) while your request for a permanent Disabled permit is being authorized.
- Fill out an Application for Special Parking Access form
Fill out an Application for Special Parking Access form, available in the Parking Operations office. By signing this form, you are giving an IU physician permission to request your medical history/record from your physician.
You will need to provide the following information on the application:
- name, address, and phone number
- IU University ID number (IU students and employees)
- your physician's name, address, and phone/fax numbers
- date of surgery (if applicable)
- Confirm eligibility
Once Parking Operations' contracted physician receives your application and letter from your physician, the contracted physician will confirm your eligibility in writing with your physician. Your physician must then provide the requested information and return it to the Parking Operations contracted physician immediately.
Parking Operations will not extend the expiration date of your temporary permit until the contracted physician has received a response from your physician.
- Purchase permit
You will be notified by mail when Parking Operations determines that you are eligible for a Disabled permit.
To buy the permit, please bring your vehicle registration and a copy of the eligibility letter to the Parking Operations office.
We accept cash, credit card, or checks. Students may pay using their bursar account.
What if I no longer need a Disabled permit?
If you no longer need a Disabled permit, you are required to return it to Parking Operations.
What if my Disabled permit is lost or stolen?
If your Disabled permit is lost or stolen, you will need to visit the Parking Operations office to complete a form for a replacement permit.
By signing the form, you assume responsibility for the old permit and guarantee that it will not be used by anyone parking on the Bloomington campus. The replacement fee for a lost or stolen permit is $25.00.
Your permit number will then be placed on a lost/stolen permit list. If the lost/stolen permit is found displayed on a vehicle on campus, Parking Enforcement will issue an unauthorized permit citation and may tow the vehicle.