Drivers with Disabilities in LouisianaPage Overview
Some disabilities make it difficult for drivers to properly wear seat belts. These drivers may be eligible for an exemption by submitting a completed Physician's Certification for Seat Belt Exemption (Form DPSMV 2012) to the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV).
Conditions causing mobility impairment include:
- Needing to rest after walking 200 feet or less
- Needing assistance walking, including help from another person, a walker, a cane, a wheelchair, crutches, braces, or prosthetic devices
- Restriction caused by lung disease and/or needing portable oxygen
- Class III or Class IV functional limitations due to a cardiac condition as set forth by the American Heart Association
- Being diagnosed with any disease or disorder that causes mobility impairment
In order to obtain a mobility impaired license plate, you must have a permanent disability that impairs your mobility. You and your physician will need to complete and submit a completed Medical Examiner's Certification of Mobility Impairment (Form DPSMV 1966) to your local OMV location.
In the event that the vehicle is being purchased, the dealer will handle everything for you, and your plate will be issued when you register the vehicle.
The fee for mobility impaired license plates is $10. Plates are valid for 2 years and are also valid in all states (should you travel).
Obtaining a mobility impaired hang-tag requires the same Medical Examiner's Certification of Mobility Impairment (Form DPSMV 1966) and a $3 fee. The OMV also charges an $8 handling fee on all transactions except for renewals.
The expiration date of the hang-tag will depend on the status of impairment given by your physician. Applicants who have permanent mobility impairments will receive a hang-tag valid for 4 years and won't need recertification to renew.
Applicants who have temporary mobility impairments will receive a hang-tag that is valid for 1 year. Recertification is required to renew the temporary hang-tag.
If your mobility impaired hang-tag is lost, stolen, or destroyed, you may apply for a new one at your local OMV location. You'll be asked to provide a statement about the fate of the hang-tag. The replacement fee is $3.
Those applicants who are physically unable to visit the OMV can allow another individual to apply for them. All they must have is the Medical Examiner's Certification of Mobility Impairment (Form DPSMV 1966) and a color picture of the applicant. The applicant should choose someone who can answer particular questions related to the impairment. Contact your local OMV location for more information.
In the event that the mobility impaired person is unable to make it to the OMV to renew and has a permanent status, he or she only needs to send the mobility ID, hang-tag, and color picture. If the status is temporary, another Medical Examiner's Certification of Mobility Impairment (Form DPSMV 1966) is required.
If you still have questions regarding mobility impairment, license plates, and hang-tags, call (225) 925-6146 or contact the OMV using their online form.