Having a Disabled Veteran (DV) license plate does not justify parking in handicapped parking spaces.

Handicapped Parking Permitted

Handicapped Parking NOT Permitted

 

The International symbol for persons with disabilities authorizes a vehicle to use handicap parking spaces. License plates must bear the International Symbol of Access (ISA) or International Wheelchair symbol in order to entitle the holder to special parking privileges.  As per the DMV Website, a Disabled symbol is available upon request with proper documentation. 

The following Code of Virginia Law regarding DV Plates as per the Commonwealth of Virginia.

            § 46.2-739. Special license plates for certain disabled veterans; fees.

  1. On receipt of an application, the Commissioner shall issue special license plates to applicants who are veterans who have been certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to have a service-connected disability or unremarried surviving spouses of disabled veterans as defined in § 46.2-100. These license plates shall be special permanent red, white, and blue license plates bearing the letters "DV." The application shall be accompanied by a certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that the veteran's disability is service-connected. License plates issued under this subsection shall not permit the vehicles upon which they are displayed to use parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities that limit or impair their ability to walk.
  2. On receipt of an application, the Commissioner shall issue special DV disabled parking license plates displaying the international symbol of access in the same size as the numbers and letters on the plate and in a color that contrasts to the background to veterans who are also persons with disabilities that limit or impair their ability to walk as defined in § 46.2-100. The Commissioner shall require that such application be accompanied by a certification signed by a licensed physician, licensed podiatrist, licensed chiropractor, licensed nurse practitioner, or licensed physician assistant to that effect. Special DV disabled parking license plates issued under this subsection shall authorize the vehicles upon which they are displayed to use parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities that limit or impair their ability to walk.