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    The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) offers license plates and placards for customers with disabilities that limit their mobility, permanently or temporarily. Plates and placards are marked with the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair) and grant special parking privileges to those who hold them.

    Placards and plates may be used on vehicles that are owned by people with disabilities, frequently operated by people with disabilities, or used to transport people with disabilities.

    Disability License Plates and Placards

    To be eligible to receive a disability license plate, or placard, you must have at least one of these conditions:

    • Permanent disability that requires the use of a wheelchair, walker, braces or crutches.
    • Permanent loss of the use of one or both legs.
    • Permanent restriction due to a pulmonary or cardiovascular disability, arthritic condition, orthopedic condition or neurological impairment.
    • Permanently blind or visually impaired as defined by state law in Indiana Code 12-7-2-21 or 12-7-2-198. This requires a practitioner's certification.

    You don't need to have a practitioner's certification if you already have a permanent parking placard, a permanent disability that requires the use of a wheelchair, walker, braces, crutches or cane, or have permanently lost the use of one or both legs.

    However, all others require a practitioner's certification on the Application for Disability Parking Placard or Disability Plate (Form 42070).

    To apply, simply bring your completed application to any license agency. Or, if you do not need certification, you can fill out the application at the license agency.

    License Plate Fees

    You will be able to receive two disability plates at no cost. The plates are good for use on passenger cars, recreational vehicles, motorcycles and trucks weighing less than 11,000 pounds. Of course, they must be legally registered in Indiana.

    More About Placards

    Corporations, partnerships, and unincorporated associations that operate programs for people with disabilities (including transportation) are also eligible for disability placards.

    Placard Fees

    You can receive up to two placards at no cost if your disability is permanent. However, if you receive a temporary placard, you will need to pay a fee.

    Displaying a Disabled Placard in Indiana

    You must display your placard on your vehicle's dashboard whenever you park in a space that is reserved for people with physical disabilities. If your vehicle has a disability license plate, a disabled veteran's plate, or an equivalent plate from another state, you don't have to display your placard.

    Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Disability Placards

    If you lose your placard or it is stolen or damaged, simply go to any license agency and apply for a duplicate.

    Traveling With a Disability Placard or Plate

    Indiana honors unexpired disability placards and plates from other states. Likewise, current Indiana placards and plates should be acceptable in other states. However, if you are traveling to another state and are concerned about whether your Indiana disability plate or placard will be accepted there, check with that state's motor vehicle department, or simply refer to our Drivers with Disabilities section for the state in question.

    Penalties

    If you park in a spot reserved for people with disabilities and you do not have a disability plate or placard, you risk receiving a fine. It is a Class C misdemeanor under Indiana law.

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