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    Summary of Disability Placards & Plates in Indiana:

    Information about disability parking placards and license plates, handicap parking regulations, applying for a handicapped parking placard or plate, and renewing and replacing disabled parking permits.

    Disability Placards & Plates in Indiana

    If you are an Indiana resident with a qualifying disability, you can apply for a parking placard or license plate to obtain access to handicap parking.

    You will need to apply through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

    Types of Disability Permits in Indiana

    The IN BMV offers several types of permits for disability parking:

    • A handicap placard is a visible sign that hangs from your rearview mirror. It is issued to those with permanent or temporary disabilities.
    • A disability license plate replaces a standard plate. It is issued to those with permanent disabilities ONLY.

    Both placards and plates require medical certification.

    Disabled Parking Rules in Indiana

    The handicapped parking placard or license plate allows you to park in areas or spaces designated for people with disabilities.

    You are NOT allowed to park in areas that read “no parking or standing any time.”

    Visitors with Disabilities

    If you are visiting Indiana from another state, you may use your out-of-state handicap parking placard or license plate in IN. You do not need to apply for an Indiana placard.

    Apply for a Disability Permit in IN

    You can apply for a disabled placard or license plate:

    • By mail.
      OR
    • In person.

    You will need to:

    You’ll then submit your application in person to an IN BMV branch office or by mail to the address on the form.

    Disabled Veteran Plates

    If you are a disabled veteran, you can apply for the Disabled Hoosier Veteran license plate. You’ll need to visit an Indiana BMV office in person and submit:

    Renew an IN Disability Placard or Plate

    All disability parking placards and license plates have an expiration date:

    • Temporary placards are valid for 6 months.
    • Permanent placards DO NOT expire and do not need to be renewed UNLESS your physician certifies that you no longer have a disability.
    • License plates are valid as long as your vehicle registration is up to date.

    If your temporary placard expires but you still need it, you must apply for a new one by submitting the following to the IN BMV either in person or by mail to the address on the form:

    To renew your handicap license plate, simply renew your vehicle registration.

    Replace an Indiana Disability Permit

    If your disability placard is lost, stolen, or damaged, you will need to:

    NOTE: The expiration date for the replacement will be the same as the original.

    To replace a license plate that is lost, stolen, or damaged, see our page about lost registration in Indiana.

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