Anyone with a mobility impairment – regardless of whether or not that person is a Québec resident – may obtain a disabled parking permit if he or she travels in a vehicle as the driver or a passenger.
Parking permits may also be issued to public institutions that meet the eligibility conditions.
The permit is issued with an accompanying certificate, which the permit holder must carry at all times.
To be entitled to a disabled parking permit, a person must have a disability resulting in a loss of independence or risk to health and safety with respect to travelling short distances that do not require the use of a vehicle. For example, to get from a parking space to the entrance of a shopping centre.
You are required to submit, if applicable, an assessment showing a disability lasting at least 6 months.
If you think you need a parking permit
Discuss the issue with a health care professional recognized by the SAAQ, who will fill out the Disabled Parking Permit Application (PDF, 359.7 ko) form if deemed appropriate based on your condition. You must then send us the form once it has been completed.
We consider certain aspects of your disability in determining your eligibility
The existence of an impairment affecting your mobilityImpairment is a loss, a malformation or an anomaly in an organ, or a mental, psychological, physiological or anatomic structure or function. It is the result of an objective, observable, measurable pathological condition that can be diagnosed. Persistent implies a notion of duration and continuity as opposed to temporary, without signifying permanence. Thus, the effects of impairment likely to disappear following surgery, medical treatment or rehabilitation must be taken into consideration when they lead to a handicap situation lasting at least six months. An impairment which manifests itself episodically does not exclude the fact that it might well be seen as persistent, in that the impairment persists for as long as an end to the episodes is not foreseen. The episodic aspect of an impairment will rather affect its significant nature, depending on frequency.
The persistent nature of the impairment
Its significance as a disability
The risks to your health and safetyPersons whose health can be endangered in covering short distances usually have impaired respiratory or cardiovascular systems. Since movement is required outside, their resistance can be affected by the elements such as cold and wind. Dangers to one's safety are more varied. Moving about in an environment such as a parking lot presents certain specific risks for persons with physical or mental limitations. That is why someone in a wheelchair requires a parking space wide enough to get in or out of a vehicle safely. Obstacles such as snow, ice or large puddles can make getting around with a wheelchair, walker or crutches quite hazardous.People with certain behaviour problems may not be able to move about safely in such an environment even when accompanied. The presence of stimuli (engine noise, horns, glare from vehicle headlights) might trigger behaviour difficult for the escort to control, all the more when he or she is not in the habit of having to contend with this type of situation or more than one person at a time.
The usefulness of the permit to attenuate or rectify situations related to your disabilityPersons are eligible for the permit program if the use of reserved parking spaces can lessen or correct handicap situations, that is, enable them to carry out activities otherwise impossible or difficult to do. Disabled persons who do not drive can have access to public areas without needing to have a parking permit, even though they may experience some difficulty in getting around. The driver could, in fact, let the person out at a spot closer to the destination than the reserved parking spaces. Persons could, however, qualify for a permit if they cannot be left alone (behaviour problems, mental impairment, panic attacks or other).
You may automatically be entitled to the parking permit
If you are the holder of a driver's licence bearing Condition P
Condition P printed on a driver's licence means that its holder must only drive vehicles equipped with hand-operated controls.
You must have an assessment form filled out by an authorized health care professional: a special education teacher, an occupational therapist, a nurse, a physician, an optometrist, a physiotherapist or a psychologist.
Choose the professional who can best describe your disability as it relates to getting around.
The parking permit belongs exclusively to the disabled person
It is not associated with the vehicle in which the person is travelling, regardless of who owns the vehicle.
Permit holder's responsibilities
Display the permit by hanging it from the rearview mirror inside the vehicle so that it is visible from the outside and only when the vehicle is parked in a parking space reserved for disabled persons.
Carry the accompanying certificate with you when the disabled parking permit is in use.
Do not lend or transfer the permit to another person.
Return the permit and certificate to us when their use is no longer required.