Which Handicap Accessible Parking Signs Do You Need?

Finding the handicap parking signs required by your state has never been easier! Click on your state and choose from the available state-specific ADA parking signs.

All official traffic and parking signs must meet the requirements outlined in the Federal Highway Administration′s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requires that every state must adopt the MUTCD or develop a state MUTCD/MUTCD supplement that is in "substantial conformance with the national manual." For more information, and to see a state-by-state guide, check out the FHWA′s resource page on the topic.

For states that have adopted the national MUTCD standards, using the federally recognized MUTCD R7-8 reserved parking sign is sufficient for compliance. These reserved parking signs meet the requirements set by MUTCD Section 2B.40.

Some states also require additional signage that displays information regarding penalties for drivers who illegally park in accessible spaces or for other restrictions. Here′s an example of a required penalty sign for New Jersey:

States that have adopted the national MUTCD with their own additional supplements display signage that is like the federal signage. These signs can only vary in legend, size or image proportion.

Nevada reserved parking sign

These signs can display supplemental text related to penalties or restrictions right on the reserved parking sign, instead of having to use a supplemental parking sign.

Finally, some states have even developed their own MUTCD. These requirements are reviewed and deemed compliant by the FHWA before they take effect.

To review, each state MUTCD must be "in substantial conformance with the National Manual,” and be approved by the FHWA. There is only a small number of states that have adopted their own MUTCD, and most of their sign designs look similar to the federal MUTCD versions.

Federal and Texas reserved parking signs

Despite some accessible parking signs looking quite different from one another, all of these reserved parking signs accomplish the same goal: providing accessible parking spots to those who might need them.

For more information on which accessible parking signs you might need in your state, please check out our state-specific accessible parking directory.

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