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    Summary: Disability Plates & Placards in Montana

    Information about handicapped parking permits, from disability parking rules to placard and license plate applications. Also covers renewing placards and plates and replacing lost, stolen, or damaged disabled parking permits.

    Disability Placards & Plates in Montana

    If you are a Montana resident with a disability, you may be eligible for a disability parking placard or license plate.

    Permits for handicapped parking are issued by the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) and are available to those with qualifying temporary or permanent disabilities.

    Types of MT Disability Permits

    If you have a disability, the Montana MVD offers several license plates and placards with the wheelchair symbol for handicapped parking access:

    • Temporary placards.
    • Extended temporary placards.
    • Permanent placards.
    • Permanent disability license plates.

    A placard or license plate can ONLY be used by the person it’s issued to. Using a placard or plate that is not yours is illegal.

    To receive a disability placard or plate:

    • You must have a qualifying disability from the list on the permit application. (See “Apply for Disability Parking in MT” below.)
      AND
    • Your disability must be certified by a medical professional.

    MT Visitors with Disabilities

    If you are traveling from another state into Montana, you can use your home state handicapped placard or license plate since Montana recognizes permits from all other states.

    Apply for Disability Parking in Montana

    You can apply for a placard or license plate by:

    • E-mail.
    • Fax.
    • Mail.

    You will need:

    • A completed Disability Permit/License Plate Application (Form MV5), which must be certified and signed by any of the following:
      • Licensed physician.
      • Physician’s assistant.
      • Chiropractor.
      • Advanced practice registered nurse.
    • Payment for the applicable fees:

    Submit the application form and payment to the Montana MVD by:

    • E-mail to mtDriverHistory@mt.gov.
    • Fax to (406) 444-3816.
    • Mail to:
    • Motor Vehicle Division
      P.O. Box 201430
      Helena, MT 59620

    Renew MT Handicap Placards & Plates

    Disability placards and license plates are valid for various periods of time:

    • A temporary disability placard is issued for up to 6 months.
    • An extended temporary placard is issued for up to 24 months.
    • A permanent placard is valid for 3 years.
    • A handicap license plate is valid for the duration of your vehicle registration.

    Temporary disability placards are NOT renewable. If you need your permit past its expiration date, you must apply for a new one. See “Apply for Disability Parking in Montana” above for information.

    To renew your MT permanent disability placard, you must:

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

    Replace a Disability Placard or Plate

    If your disability placard or license plate is lost, stolen, or damaged, contact the Montana MVD at (406) 444-3933 or mvd@mt.gov to learn more about getting a replacement.

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