Drivers with Disabilities in Tennessee
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Included in this section is information on obtaining placards and license plates for disabled drivers. These items are displayed on your vehicle to notify law enforcement that you are disabled and therefore have the right to park in special parking spaces reserved for the disabled.
Disability placards are available to use whether you're a driver or a passenger. A disabled driver or passenger is a person who cannot walk more than 200 feet without assistance. It includes people with cardiac and lung conditions, as well as those who are confined to wheelchairs or use crutches.
Permanent placards are valid for two years. Temporary placards are also available and are valid for up to six months. They can be issued again only once.
The specific time length for a temporary placard will depend on your condition and your doctor's orders. All applications must be completed by your doctor, and some doctors use their own forms to submit your information.
When renewing a disabled placard, you must resubmit your medical certification.
Note that misrepresentation regarding disabled drivers, placards, and plates is a Class A misdemeanor and could result in fines of $1,000.
Temporary placards are $10, and permanent placards are $21.50 and $3 to renew every two years.
All placards cost $2 to replace if lost or stolen.
You may also apply for a specialty disabled license plate at a fee of $21.50 annually.
There is no fee for plates to those who are permanently confined to a wheelchair; placards are also free if requested at the same time as the plate.
Applications for disabled plates must be completed by your doctor, as well.
Since each state has similar requirements for obtaining disabled parking placards, your Tennessee disabled parking placard should be valid in all states. However, we recommend checking ahead to make sure by referring to our Drivers with Disabilities section for the state to which you're traveling. It's also wise to always carry a copy of your medical certification in the vehicle in case you need to provide documentation of your disability to an out-of-state authority.
Contact your clerk's office if you have any questions.
Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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