Drivers with a disability are required to have a disabled parking placard or license plate to park in spaces restricted to disabled parking, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Permanent placards must be renewed every two years.
The California DMV states that drivers with a disabled parking placard or license plate can park in metered spaces without charge.
With a disabled placard or license plate, drivers are permitted to park their vehicle in spaces with a wheelchair symbol on a sign or surface, or along curbs lined in blue, according to the California DMV. Disabled drivers may park with no time limit along green curbs, which signal time-limited parking. They are not permitted to park along red, yellow or white curbs.