Handicap parking is meant for people whose disability impairs their ability to walk. Ohio Revised Code 4511.69 regulates disability parking. This includes who is eligible for a handicap placard, the placement and identification of designated handicap parking spots, and the fines for violating handicap parking laws.
To qualify for a disability placard in the state of Ohio, you must be a resident of that state and have a disability that hinders your ability to walk. You must submit application form BMV 4826 to the registrar of motor vehicles and have a prescription from a health care provider. That prescription should include the date, your name, the health care provider’s signature and the probable length of time of the disabling condition. The same information can be provided on a health care provider’s letterhead. If your ability to walk will be impaired for more than 6 months, the registrar of motor vehicles will issue you a permanent placard. Permanent placards expire on the date suggested by the health care provider, but a renewal application will be mailed to you 60 days before the permit expires. However, if your ability to walk will be hindered for less than 6 months, you will be issued a temporary placard. This placard expires on the date given by the doctor, but you will not be able to renew your permit.
Handicap Parking Spaces
All state agencies, facilities and publicly owned parking garages must provide designated handicap parking spots. These spots must have an elevated sign (permanently affixed or portable) with the international symbol of access (the handicap symbol) marked on them. These signs have to be 5 feet from the ground and located near exits, entrances, elevators and ramps. If a sign has been replaced after October 14, 1999, a second sign must be posted stating the fines for parking in a handicap spot without the proper permit.
If you park in a designated handicap spot and do not have a disabled placard, you can be charged with a misdemeanor offense. Your vehicle will be towed at your own expense and you can be fined between $250 and $500. If the facility responsible for designating handicap parking spaces does not do so, or marks the disabled spots incorrectly, it will first be issued a warning. But if the facility does not comply, it will be fined a maximum of $25 for each sign that is not up to code or missing.