Accessible Parking

Colorado Accessible Parking Education (CAPE) Program

As a result of the legislative mandates of the Advisory Council charter, Colorado Revised Statute 26-24-104, the Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities was tasked with oversight of the Colorado Accessible Parking Education (CAPE) program.

The program was created to address access the availability of civic participation by members of the disability community via the adequate access to places of gathering such as business locations government offices, places of worship, medical facilities and outdoor recreational areas.

The gateway to a communities programs and services are an adequate number of available parking spaces that comply with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design.

Through a partnership with the Independence Center, a number of reference materials and guides have been produced to aid Title II and Title III entities with any questions they have regarding the number and design elements of accessible parking spaces as required by the ADA.

Please find the final Independence Center report for state fiscal year 2019 and a number of the documents produced below.


  • To date the funding source (Disabled Parking Education and Enforcement Fund C.R.S. 42-1-226) created with HB10-1019 for implementation and ongoing efforts with persons with disabilities has received less than $500.00 to fund the requirements of HB10-1019.
    • HB10-1019 authorized 0.5 FTE to the Council for Persons with Disabilities with educational and outreach efforts.  This 0.5 FTE has not been filled, because the funding is not available.
    • Requirements on the design and features of the placards required a different type of placard material then was previously being used.  This new placard material cost is $0.05 more than the previous material raising the per placard material fee from $0.27 to $0.32.
    • Current issued license plate year tab was not sufficient to adhere to placard material.  Per placard validation tab cost is $0.15.
    • Issuance of persons with disabilities placards and plates has increased 2.30% since the effective date of HB10-1019.
      • Increased manufacturing cost projections are below:
        • FY’12 remainder – $85.66
        • FY’13 – $42,343.96
        • FY’14 – $45,627.05

Other Notables

  • HB10-1019 requires the DMV to validate and capture the identification card number of the person with disability before a person with disability plate or placard is issued.  Several complaints have been received from persons with disabilities that do not have identification and the imposition that the implementation of this bill is placing them in.
    • In two instances the persons with disabilities were unable to meet the requirements for identification (one could not sit or stand to have a picture taken; the other was unable to provide supporting documents to be issued identification).
      • HB10-1019 does not allow for flexibility in situations of this nature.
  • HB10-1019 requires the parent or guardian’s identification to be used when issuing a placard to a minor.  This parent or guardian’s identification number is placed on the placard, as required by HB10-1019.  There have been several reports of law enforcement not honoring the placard or the privilege to park in persons with disabilities designated parking locations when the other parent or guardian (or one not listed on the placard) is transporting the minor.  The Council is working with parents and foster parents to obtain a Colorado ID for the minor.  When this happens, the placard stays with the minor no matter who may be transporting.
  • HB10-1019 retained the requirement to not re-certify the disability every third year for U.S. military service members and veterans issued the Handicapped Disabled Veteran license plate.  This was not extended to U.S. military service members and veterans issued the regular persons with disabilities license plate or placards.  Changes to C.R.S. would be required to permit this and to allow CSTARS programming to accomplish it.
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