Accessible Parking at UNM for the Mobility Impaired
Under New Mexico ADA law, which is observed on campus, vehicles must display a valid ADA/handicap license plate or valid ADA/handicap placard on their vehicle in order to park in designated ADA/handicap parking spaces at UNM. When you properly display a current and valid ADA licence plate or ADA/Handicapped placard that has been personally issued to you, or if you are transporting an individual who has been personally issued a current and valid ADA/Handicapped placard, you may park in any of the following:
- Any designated ADA/Handicapped parking space.
- Any regular zone parking space, not further restricted by other signage (i.e. Service Vehicle Only, Loading Zone, etc.).
- Any pay station space, at no charge (including our Cornell and Yale parking structures.
Disabled Veteran Plates
New Mexico law, which is observed on campus, does not recognize regular disabled veteran license plates as eligible to use in ADA/Handicap parking spaces. Disabled veterans must display either of the following on their vehicles to utilize parking in designated ADA/handicap parking spaces at UNM:
- A valid ADA/handicap license plate that includes the International Symbol of Access(ISA) – also known as the (International) Wheelchair Symbol – and has been personally issued to the disabled veteran
- A valid ADA/handicap placard that has been personally issued to the disabled veteran
State laws for obtaining handicap plates or placards are different than for disabled veteran license plates. Learn more about how to obtain an ADA license plate.
Temporary Handicapped Placards
We can provide temporary handicapped permits for UNM students, faculty, and staff to use on UNM campus for up to 6 weeks. To obtain one of these permits please follow the instructions below.
- Students: You may visit the UNM Student Health & Counseling for evaluation. With the written request from the Student Health & Counseling, we will issue a permit for the duration specified up to a maximum of 6 weeks at no charge. You will need to present us with valid picture ID. If you require handicapped parking for longer than 6 weeks, it is recommended you obtain a temporary permit through the State of New Mexico.
- Staff/Faculty: You may visit Employee Occupational Health Services for evaluation. With the written request from Employee Occupational Health Services we will issue a permit for the duration specified up to a maximum of 6 weeks at no charge. You will need to present us with valid picture ID. If you require handicapped parking for longer than 6 weeks, it is recommended you obtain a temporary permit through the State of New Mexico.
Discouraging Abuse of ADA/Handicapped Parking
Our on-going Accessible Parking Initiative is designed to safeguard the availability of ADA/handicapped parking spaces for legitimate users. As part of the initiative, PATS enforcement officers will focus on enforcing the governing State of New Mexico and University regulations related to the appropriate use of ADA/handicapped parking spaces on campus during random events. Amid these focused enforcement events, officers will ask for documentation verifying ownership of handicapped placards. They will ensure the placard is displayed with the permit number and expiration date clearly visible form the windshield.
ADA/Handicapped Parking Enforcement Authority
PATS Enforcement Division operates pursuant by the authority granted in §29-5-1.1 NMSA 1978. It has the authority to enforce ADA/Handicapped parking areas pursuant to § 66-7-352.1 through 66-7-352.6 NMSA 1978, and 66-7-352.16 NMSA 1978. As a state agency, UNM Parking and Transportation Services has the authority and ability to access state motor vehicle records to ascertain responsible parties associated with all handicapped placards displayed in any vehicle on UNM property.