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    CT Disability Placards & License Plates Summary:

    Details about disability parking placards and license plates, handicapped parking rules and regulations, how to apply for a handicap placard or plate, and renewing and replacing a parking permit.

    Disability Placards & Plates in Connecticut

    In Connecticut, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues disability placards and license plates to those with qualifying disabilities.

    Read below for application information about how to apply what a disability placard or plate entitles you to.

    Types of Disability Permits in CT

    Connecticut offers both handicap parking placards and license plates.

    A placard is hung on the front side of the rearview mirror. It is issued to people with a temporary or permanent disability.

    The disability license plate replaces the regular license plate on vehicles. It is only issued to people with a permanent disability.

    To obtain a placard or plate, you must have a qualifying disability or condition that affects your mobility.

    CT Visitors with Disabilities

    If you’re visiting Connecticut and already have a disability placard or plate from your home state, you do not need to obtain one from the CT DMV.

    You can use the handicapped-parking permit from another state; however, you must follow Connecticut’s disability parking laws.

    Disabled Parking Rules

    In CT, disability placards and license plates allow you to park in on-street and off-street spaces reserved for persons with disabilities. These spaces will be signed.

    In order to park in any of these designated spaces using the disability placard or plate, the person who owns the permit or plate must be in the vehicle as the driver or a passenger.

    Apply for a CT Disability Permit

    The CT DMV accepts applications for disability permits in several ways depending on the type of parking permit you are applying for.

    You will need:

    • The Special Permit Application and Impairment Certificate (Form B-225).
    • Medical certification completed ON the application by one of the following licensed individuals:
      • Physician or physician's assistant.
      • Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).
      • Ophthalmologist or optometrist.
        NOTE: You can also submit VA certification in place of medical certification.
    • Payment for fees:
      • Permanent placard: Free.
      • Temporary placard: $5.
      • License plate: Standard tax and registration fees.

    Submitting the Application

    Permanent disability placard applications can be submitted:

    • By mail to:
    • Department of Motor Vehicles
      Handicapped Permit Unit
      60 State Street
      Wethersfield, CT 06161
    • By e-mail to dmv.hpapp@ct.gov.
    • By fax to (860) 263-5556.
      OR
    • In person at a Connecticut DMV office.

    Temporary disability placard applications can be submitted:

    License plate applications can be submitted ONLY in person at a CT DMV office.

    Renew a CT Placard/License Plate

    Your temporary disabled placard will be valid for 6 months only. If you still need the permit after this time, you must apply for a new placard (see “Apply for a CT Disability Permit” above).

    Your permanent disability placard expires when your driver’s license or ID card expires. These are usually valid for 6 years. Once your placard expires, you must re-apply using the same process as a first time application (see “Apply for a CT Disability Permit” above).

    Replace a Disability Permit in Connecticut

    If your handicap parking placard is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request a replacement by re-submitting the Special Permit Application and Impairment Certificate (Form B-225).

    When applying for a replacement:

    • If you have a new style permit that has an expiration date, complete ONLY the applicant section.
    • If you have an old permit, you must complete the entire application, including medical certification.

    For details about replacing license plates that have been lost, stolen, or damaged, see our Connecticut lost registration page.

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