Disabled Parking Permits in Montana
How to obtain plates and placards
To qualify for disability parking plates or placards (sometimes incorrectly referred to as “handicapped stickers”) in Montana, the applicant must be characterized as having a disability by a licensed physician who certifies an individual's disability. The Montana Department of Justice (Motor Vehicle Division) shall issue a special parking permit to a person who has a disability that limits or impairs his/her mobility (MCA 49-4-301, Eligibility for Special Parking Permit).
The applicant must meet one or more of the following criteria (MCA 37-8-202):
- cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest;
- is severely limited in ability to walk because of an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition;
- is so severely disabled that the person cannot walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device;
- uses portable oxygen;
- is restricted by lung disease to the extent that forced expiratory respiratory volume, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter per second or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest;
- has impairment because of cardiovascular disease or a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified as class III or IV under standards accepted by the American Heart Association;
- has a disability resulting from an acute sensitivity to automobile emissions or from another disease or physical condition that limits or impairs the person's mobility and that is documented by the licensed physician, licensed physician's assistant, the licensed chiropractor, or the licensed advanced practice registered nurse as being comparable in severity to the other conditions listed in this subsection.
You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in Montana’s application for disability parking identification. You may also apply at your local DMV.
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:
- Permanent Permit – issued to persons with a handicap or disability determined by their medical professional to be a permanent medical condition. Renewable after three years.
- Temporary Permit – issued to persons with a handicap or disability expected by their medical professional to limit their mobility no longer than six (6) months.
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
The fine for abusing handicapped parking is approximately $100 in Montana.
Out of state
Montana recognizes out-of-state disability permits. However, not all states may recognize Montana disability permits.