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Persons With Disabilities

Plates & Placard Requirements

Colorado statutes provide that individuals whose ability to move from place to place without the aid of a mechanical device, or having a physical impairment that substantially limits their ability to move from place to place, are qualified for disabled parking privileges.

The Application Process

Persons Wtih Disabilities Parking Privilege Application can be downloaded or obtained from any of our motor vehicle locations. In addition many physicians have them in their office. The applicant completes the top portion of the form and the bottom portion must be completed by a medical professional as defined in C.R.S. 42-3-204(1)(g). The completed form must be submitted to the motor vehicle office in the county where the disabled person resides.

Types of Disabilities

  • Permanent disabilities - Individuals authorized for persons with disabilities parking privileges are restricted to either two placards (hangtags) or one placard and one set of license plates. The plates must be issued to a vehicle that is titled and/or registered to the disabled individual. If title and/or registration is held by more than one person the disabled individual must be one of the named owners. These placards and plates must be recertified every three years.
  • Temporary disabilities - An individual with a temporary disability can be authorized for a placard that is valid for a 90-day time period (renewable for additional 90-day time frames if necessary). The above Persons Wtih Disabilities Parking Privilege Application must be completed and submitted to the motor vehicle office in the county of residence.

Organizations Transporting Disabled Individuals

Organizations, such as nursing homes, that consistently transport disabled individuals may also submit a request on letterhead, written by the director of the organization requesting issuance of permanent placards. The letter must state the use of the vehicles and copies of the registration showing the vehicles are in the organization's name must be submitted. Requests are processed on an individual basis by the motor vehicle office in the county where the facility is located.

Visitors to Colorado

Colorado will honor disabled plates and placards issued by your home state while you are temporarily visiting Colorado.