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    Nevada law allows for a variety of special parking privileges for people who are disabled, even temporarily. Ask your local full-service DMV office for details about license plates, placards, motorcycle stickers, and expedited service permits, or visit the Department of Motor Vehicles online. License plates and permits are for permanently disabled applicants only.

    Defining Disability

    On the Application for Disabled Persons License Plates and/or Placards, you'll find that the bottom portion is to be filled out by an authorized physician. As it states on the form, disability is defined as the following:

    • Inability to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest
    • Inability to walk without the use of a brace, cane, crutch, wheelchair, or other device, or another person
    • Restricted by lung disease
    • Requires portable oxygen
    • Cardiac condition with Class III or Class IV limitations as defined by the American Heart Association
    • Visually handicapped
    • Severely limited in ability to walk because of an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition

    The disability must also be rated as to whether it will get better with time. You can receive a temporary status, for placards valid for 6 months; a moderate status, for placards valid for 2 years; or a permanent status, for license plates, permits, and placards good for 10 years.

    Applying for Plates, Placards, and Permits

    Placard only: The best way to apply for a placard is by mail or fax. Fill out the Application for Disabled Persons License Plate and/or Placards, and have your physician complete the form. Mail it to the address listed on the form, or fax it to (775) 684-4797. You can also bring the form into your nearest full-service DMV office.

    Plates and/or placards: Fill out the application form and bring it, along with your current license plates, into any full-service DMV office. You can renew your registration at the same time if you wish, but it's not required.

    Expedited service permit: If you have a permanent disability, you may be eligible for expedited service at State of Nevada agencies, including the DMV. Fill out the Application for an Expedited Service Permit and bring it into your nearest full-service DMV office. If you've already filled out an application to get a disabled license plate, you won't need to provide physician's information at this time. The permit lasts 10 years, and the fees are as follows:

    • Under 18 years old: $6.25
    • 65 years old or older: $7.25
    • All others: $12.25.
    • Change of name and/or new photo fee: $7.25.

    NOTE: Nevada institutes a Central Issuance policy for licenses and permits.

    Authorization Letter

    If you receive a disabled license plate, placard, permit, or motorcycle sticker, you'll also be sent a letter of authorization with your name and address on it. This letter should be kept in the vehicle where you use your permit or placard at all times.

    Renewals

    Because renewal notices are sent to your address on record, please keep your address updated. Use a change of address form to notify the DMV of any address changes.

    For temporary- and moderate-status placards, you'll need to complete another application, along with another physician's statement. Please order by mail if possible. You won't receive a renewal notice for these items, so make sure to make a note of the expiration date.

    For permanent placards, you'll receive a renewal notice as your expiration date nears. Fill out the top half of the application; no physician's statement is necessary.

    For license plates, you should just renew annually like you would with any other vehicle. No application or additional physician's statement is necessary.

    Parking Guidelines

    Once you've received your license plates and/or placards, it's important to use them correctly. Misusing the privileges can result in fines or even cancellation of the plates or placard. You could also be cited if you allow someone else to use them.

    Your family members and friends cannot use the placard or plates unless you are with them. Also, your parking privileges do not mean parking fees are waived.

    For more information about disabled parking standards and regulations, please see the ADA Accessibility Guidelines.

    Traveling With a Disability Placard or Plate

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

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