Official Parking Guide for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport ( ABIA ) – Texas ( TX )

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Disabled Veteran Parking

Veteran Parking

Vehicles displaying Texas license plates issued by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, having a Disabled Veteran (DV) or eligible Meritorious Military Honors designation may receive complimentary parking at ABIA as listed below. Restrictions and limitations apply.

Blue Garage and Red Garage: Five (5) complimentary parking days on a space available basis; any days beyond five (5) will be charged at the posted garage rate. If you plan to park longer than 30 consecutive days, please email us using the contact form here so your vehicle will not be considered abandoned.

Economy Parking: Complimentary parking for the duration of your stay. If you plan to park longer than 60 consecutive days, please email us using the contact form here so your vehicle will not be considered abandoned.

Here is a sampling of acceptable license plates:

  • Disabled Veteran
  • Medal of Honor
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal
  • Purple Heart
  • WWII Veteran
  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit
  • Silver Star
  • Bronze Star Medal

What to do at Express Credit Card Lanes

When using the Disabled Veteran Parking Program at an Express Credit Card Lane, push the service button to have an attendant validate your vehicle info and apply the Disabled Veteran Parking Discount. It is important to press and hold the Service Button until the machine starts to ring.
The service button can be found toward the bottom of the Express Credit Card Lane.

For questions about Disabled Veteran Parking or should you require assistance when parking at ABIA, please contact the parking office at 512-530-3300. Assistance is available 24 hours a day.

Disabled Veteran Complimentary Parking FAQ’s

Yes. Disabled Veteran Complimentary Parking is limited to only 5 consecutive days for the Red Garage and Blue Garage. Disabled Veteran Complimentary Parking is not applicable to Valet Parking, Hourly Parking, or Reservation Fees.

Vehicles displaying Texas license plates issued by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, having a Disabled Veteran (DV) or eligible Meritorious Military Honors designation may receive complimentary parking at AUS. The eligible license plate must be visible and affixed to the rear bumper of the vehicle at the time of exiting the parking facility to receive complimentary parking. Temporary license plates are not accepted under the Disabled Veteran Parking Program.

No. Texas State Law allows vehicles that display disabled veteran license plates to park free of charge at parking meters operated by a governmental authority other than the federal government. A person should not assume all local and state parking will be free. Please be aware that some private and local government parking garages (for example, airports) are bound by local ordinances, and may not exempt parking fees in some situations.

No. As of January 1, 2022, anyone parking in a disabled parking space must have a disabled person license plate or a disabled parking placard that features the International Symbol of Access (ISA).  Currently, disabled veteran license plates do not feature the ISA. For the full details on Texas Disabled Veteran Parking restrictions and limitations, please click here.

No. The registered owner of the vehicle displaying Disabled Veteran (DV) or eligible Military Honors designated license plates must be present at the time of exit to be eligible for any complimentary parking at AUS. If the registered owner is not present at the time of exit, a parking validation may not be granted. The Disabled Veteran Complimentary Parking Program at AUS does not extend to car sharing services such as Turo.

No. Airport employees who are parking for work purposes at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport may NOT use the Disabled Veteran Complimentary Parking Program. All airport employees including, but not limited to, terminal concessionaires and airline employees must sign up for Employee Monthly Parking if parking their vehicle at the Airport for work purposes. Airport employees must only use the designated Employee Parking area when reporting to work. For more info on AUS Employee Parking, please visit the Employee Parking page.

When using the Disabled Veteran Parking Program at an Express Credit Card Lane, push the call button to have an attendant validate your vehicle license plate and apply the Disabled Veteran Parking Discount. It is important to press and hold the Service Button until the machine starts to ring. See photo above.

If you did not receive the Disabled Veteran Complimentary Parking at the time of exit, please contact us using the contact form here within 30 days of your exit date. Refund requests beyond 30 days of the original transaction date will not be honored.

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