Disabled Parking Permits in Massachusetts

How to obtain plates and placards

To obtain Disability Plates, a Placard or a Disability Veteran Plate you must be a Massachusetts resident. In addition, a Massachusetts registered and licensed physician, chiropractor or nurse practitioner must certify that you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
  • Cannot walk without the assistance of another person, prosthetic aid or other assistive device.
  • Are restricted by lung disease to such a degree that your forced (respiratory) expiratory volume (FEV) in one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one (1) liter.
  • Use portable oxygen.
  • Have a Class III cardiac condition according to the standards set by the American Heart Association.
  • Have a Class IV cardiac condition according to the standards set by the American Heart Association. A customer in this condition must surrender his or her license.
  • Have Class III or Class IV functional arthritis according to the standards set by the American College of Rheumatology.
  • Have Stage III or Stage IV anatomic arthritis according to the standards set by the American College of Rheumatology.
  • Have been declared legally blind (please attach copy of certification). A customer in this classification must surrender his or her license.
  • Have lost one or more limbs or permanently lost the use of one or more limbs.

To be eligible for a Temporary Placard, the medical professional must certify that the disability is predicted to last at least two (2) months.

The Application

You can seek either plates or a placard by completing Massachusetts’s application for disability parking identification, along with the medical certification, and submitting it to the local branch of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

Once an application is processed the permit is mailed to the applicant by the Department of Motor Vehicles, that is either:

  • Disability Plates are issued to qualified Massachusetts residents who are primary owners of a registered passenger vehicle or a motorcycle. A holder of a passenger vehicle Disability Plate may be entitled to a Temporary Disabled Placard. A person must demonstrate "good cause" or need for the placard in writing to the Medical Affairs Branch. "Good cause" is interpreted as a valid reason why the plate cannot be used and duration of the need.
  • Disability Placards are issued to qualified Massachusetts residents on a temporary or permanent basis. A person may be issued only one valid placard at a time.
  • Disability Veteran Plates are issued only to qualified Massachusetts resident veterans who meet the same qualifications as those applying for a disability plate. This claim must be supported by a statement of disability from the Veteran's Administration. These plates are issued only to persons who have a passenger vehicle registered in their name.

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

The fine for abusing handicapped parking in Massachusetts varies from town to town but cannot be less than $100 nor more than $300. 

Out of state

Massachusetts recognizes out-of-state disability permits. 

FEATURED LISTINGS FROM NOLO
Swipe to view more

Talk to a Lawyer

Want to talk to an attorney? Start here.

How It Works

  1. Briefly tell us about your case
  2. Provide your contact information
  3. Connect with local attorneys
NOLO-web1:DRU1.6.12.2.20161011.41205