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    Drivers with Disabilities in Rhode Island

    Unlike most other states, the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does not offer special handicapped license plates. Instead, it issues removable placards to disabled individuals.

    This allows disabled people to still have the benefits of handicapped parking, regardless of which vehicle they are riding in. The placards are conveniently designed for rearview mirror display and can be easily transported on your person from vehicle to vehicle.

    Whenever you are in any vehicle as a passenger or driver and you have you handicap parking permit with you, you'll be able to park is specially mark parking spots. the handicap spots are clearly marked and typically give you close and easy access to curb and door ramps, buildings, and areas large enough to accommodate vehicles equipped with handicap accessibility devices.

    To qualify for a Rhode Island disability placard, your doctor must certify that you have a qualifying medical conditions. Qualifying medical conditions include:

    • Requiring a brace, cane, crutch, wheelchair, prosthetics, or the help of another person to walk.
    • Needing an oxygen tank to breath.
    • Having cardiac disease or a hearth problem.
    • Being considered legally blind.

    If you have questions about your medical condition or the qualifying criteria for a disability placard, please contact your personal physician or the Rhode Island DMV.

    Apply for a Disability Placard in Rhode Island

    Any person who is temporarily or permanently disabled may apply for a special parking placard. To do so, you and your physician must jointly complete a parking placard application form. Submit the application to:

    Division of Motor Vehicles
    Disability Parking Placards Office
    600 New London Ave

    The Rhode Island Medical Review Board will review your application at its monthly meeting. If the board approves your application, it will notify you by mail.

    The type of handicap placard you receive will be determined by the nature of your disability.

    You must check one of the following boxes on your application:

    • If you have a temporary disability that is expected to last for 2 months to 12 months.
    • If you have long term temporary disability that is expected to last for 1 year to 3 years.
      OR
    • If you have a permanent disability that will last longer than 3 years.

    NOTE: For your disability permit application to be processed, you must submit it to the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 30 days of your doctor's certification and signature.

    If you have any questions about the disability parking permit application process, please contact the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    Out-of-State Travelers & Traveling RI Residents

    Rhode Island participates in a reciprocal agreement with the other states, which will honor your state-issued disability parking placards. Likewise, visitors to Rhode Island are welcome to use their state-issued handicapped plates and placards for disabled parking access.

    If you need more information about the regulations in other states, please contact the appropriate DMV agency for the state where you will be traveling.

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