Accessible Parking

NOVA does not issue handicapped permits. Handicapped permits issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in any state or the District of Columbia will be honored on campuses.

It is not necessary to purchase a NOVA permit if a valid DMV handicapped permit is displayed while parking in a NOVA handicapped space or permit lot. Parking is FREE with a DMV-issued parking permit.

  • Handicapped permits must be valid and used only by the person(s) to whom they were issued.
  • The International Symbol of Access is required on all valid handicapped permits and plates.

Virginia DMV Disability Permit Usage

Virginia DMV offers parking placards and plates for customers with temporary or permanent disabilities that limit or impair their mobility.

Placard Use

"The holder of the placard must be the driver or a passenger in the vehicle…It is a serious misuse of placards and plates for the disabled when someone other than the person with a disability uses the placard or plate to park in a space reserved for people with disabilities. The person to whom the placard or plates was issued must be traveling in the vehicle in order to use these spaces. A conviction of this offense could result in fines of up to $500 and/or the revocation of your disabled parking privileges, requiring you to surrender your placard or plates."

NOVA is committed to ensuring all students have an opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of the presence or absence of a disability. For more information please visit the Accommodations & Accessibility Services website.