Title 47, Section 15-111
Both state law and local ordinances affect handicapped parking privileges and enforcement. State law provides for disability parking permits, eligibility, and sets the range of fines or penalties for violation of handicapped parking rules. State law also authorizes towns and cities to extend special parking privileges to people with disability parking permits. Local ordinances often set specific fines for violation, and they may address enforcement measures.
State law pertaining to handicapped parking is found in Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Chapter 15. The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) issues official disability parking permits. The law directs DPS to also recognize Veterans Administration and federal military base disability stickers for handicap parking purposes. Permits issued by DPS must be renewed every five years. Temporary, shorter term permits may also be issued. To be eligible for a disability parking permit an individual must have a physical disability such that the person:
- Cannot walk two hundred (200) feet without stopping to rest, or
- Cannot walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistant device, or
- Is restricted to such an extent that the person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one (1) second, when measured by spirometry, is less than sixty (60) mm/hg on room air at rest, or
- Must use portable oxygen, or
- Has functional limitations which are classified in severity as class III or class iv according to standards set by the American Heart Association, or
- Is severely limited in his or her ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition, or
- Is certified legally blind, or
- Is missing one or more limbs which impairs mobility.