(in the City of Spokane)
- A disabled person who displays a disabled license plate or placard hanging from their mirror, may park in any “normal” stall for FREE.
- A disabled person who parks in a stall designated for the disabled which displays a “blue sticker” and “4- hours only,” may only park there for FREE for 4 hours. Parking at the blue stickered meter beyond the 4 hours requires paying a normal parking fee. The driver may, however, move the car to another stall.
- State law requires eligible Spokane drivers to visit a doctor and receive a note on his official letterhead, before visiting the licensing office to obtain a disabled parking placard, tab or license plate. This law prevents people from forging paperwork to receive disabled privileges, or who use placards and plates of relatives or acquaintances to obtain prime parking spots. NOTE: Obtaining disabled parking credentials through fraudulent means is now a misdemeanor offense with penalties up to a 90-day jail sentence and fine of $1,000.
Disabled motorists, either seeking credentials for the first time or renewing them, now must submit the same paperwork under state law. They need:
- A completed application from the Washington Department of Licensing.
- A signed prescription, or note on official letterhead, from a licensed physician. The doctor has to write a prescription every time someone wants a renewal. Those eligible for renewal will continue to receive notices in the mail, but will be required to submit the prescription or note with their application. The new red parking placard is good for up to a year.
The law does not change the legal definition of a disabled driver. Those motorists who generally cannot walk for more than 200 feet without assistance may apply for permits. Permanent placards will continue to be issued for a 5-year period, with motorists needing to visit their doctor when that time is up. The state law also does not affect local parking laws, which allow disabled motorists to park for free at selected parking meters for several hours.
Drivers can submit the paperwork to the auditor's office in the Spokane County Courthouse, which is open from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Friday. Drivers also can take the paperwork to one of 9 contracted auto license agencies in the county to obtain disabled parking credentials. The list and hours is on the auditor's website: http://www.spokanecounty.org/auditorEffective July 1, 2015. (Doctor's note now required for disabled parking privileges, by Kip Hill, The Spokesman-Review, July 8, 2015, and Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton)
Spokane Transit Authority's
STA Paratransit Services
(Elderly and Disabled)
Request, cancel or check on a ride
Paratransit is a wheelchair-accessible
shared ride transportation service for individuals whose disability
prevents them from using the regular fixed route buses. This means that a
person must be unable, because of a disability, to get to or from the
bus stop, get on or off a lift or ramp equipped bus, or successfully
travel by bus to or from the destination.
Authority will take the elderly or disabled
anywhere in the Spokane area
at a very reasonable fee—which is $1.50/ride. Service Area
Paratransit trips must begin and end within the Paratransit Service
Area. At present, this includes most of the areas in the cities of
Cheney, Medical Lake, Airway Heights, Liberty Lake, Millwood, Spokane,
and Spokane Valley. Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International
Airport also are served.Who is eligible for paratransit service?
is based on limitations to an individual's abilities, not just the
presence of a disability. Age or the inability to drive are not
qualifying factors in and of themselves. All of Spokane Transit’s
regular buses are fully accessible and equipped with ramps in order to
board passengers who use wheelchairs.An application for service is required (before using this service).
The application includes a section for verification of your disability
from a licensed medical or mental health professional. It is necessary
to complete an application form if you wish to use the paratransit vans.
You may obtain an application by downloading here, calling (509) 328-1552
(TDD 327-6055) or by writing to:
1212 West Sharp Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
Paratransit Eligibility Office
2nd Floor of the Plaza
701 W. Riverside
assessments of paratransit eligibility, determined through an
application process that includes a physical or cognitive assessment.
Paratransit Applications are generally processed within 7 to 10 business days. Recertification of eligibility will occur periodically.
Spokane Transit Mobility Center
509-232-6303 http://www.sms1.org/Mobility Training
is provided for people with disabilities, or
seniors. This training can help people ride the regular STA city bus
independently. Group training and presentations at your location are
you have any questions about this application or about paratransit
service, please contact Paratransit Services at (509) 328-1552, TDD
(509) 327-6055. Representatives are available 7 days a week, including
holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disabled American Veterans - Chapter 6
212 S. David St.
Spokane, WA 99212
drivers transport veterans to and from appointments at the
Mann-Grandstaff Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Spokane, and as far
away as Lewiston and Libby, Montana. Care Cars
(Elder Services program)
5125 N Market &
12213 E Broadway
60+ and self-ambulatory
Transportation to Medical appointments only. Special Mobility Services
3102 E. Trent Ave
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 534-7171 - Dispatching Center
TTY: Dial 711 for Washington Relay Service
Prefer 24 hour notice. Medicaid Transportation
(services to Deer Park, Reardon, Sprague, Davenport, Newport, Ritzville)
Transportation to and from health provider, including people using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. http://www.sms1.org/Spokane City Cab http://www.spokanecitycab.com/
Spokane Transit (STA)
STA provides all trips for $1.50 each way, and for $0.75 each way on fixed route with a valid Reduced Fare ID.
STA Paratransit Rider HotlineVolunteer Chore Services for Seniors
(eligibility, applications, mobility training)
STA Pass/Schedule information
STA Reduced Fare Card
701 W. Riverside
STA Vanpool information
12 E 5th Ave
(509) 459-6173 or 358-4270http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/senior-services