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New Accessible Parking Permits

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New Accessible Parking Permits

ServiceOntario is introducing a new accessible parking permit to help prevent misuse. The new permit is easier to verify and more difficult to duplicate, helping ensure accessible parking spaces are used only by those with a legitimate permit. These requirements will apply to new permits only.

New Security Enhancements
Some of the new enhancements include:

  • Serial numbers to add more strict controls on all permit stock
  • Copy-resistant markings to help prevent duplication
  • Heavier-stock paper to improve durability
  • Raised surfaces to help prevent unauthorized duplication

What are the ID requirements to get an accessible parking permit?
Your ID must show your legal name, date-of-birth and signature. For example, a driver’s licence or passport fulfills all three criteria. If you do not have one of these documents, you can use multiple forms of ID such as a birth certificate and photo health card.

See full list of acceptable IDs.

Who can get a permit?
Only people with certain, verified health conditions can get a permit. Only a qualified, regulated health practitioner can confirm a health condition. 

See a complete list of conditions.

Who can certify a medical condition?
These regulated health practitioners may certify medical conditions:

  • Physician
  • Chiropractor
  • Registered nurse practitioner extended class
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Chiropodist
  • Podiatrist

Is there a fee?
There is no fee for an accessible parking permit.

Can someone apply on another person’s behalf?
Yes, as long as the person applying for the permit has signed the application and provided the required identity documents.

If another person has signed the application on your behalf, a Power of Attorney document must be provided or other court appointed documents which authorizes them to act on your behalf.

If you have signed the application form, a letter of authorization is sufficient. Here are some tips for writing your letter of authorization:

  • The letter must include your name and the person applying on your behalf
  • It must be signed by you and your representative (originals only)
  • The letter must show the date you gave your consent
  • Your information in the letter must match the application form (if different, the application will not be processed)
  • Your representative must show valid identification in addition to your identification

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