Disabled Parking Permits in Nevada

How to obtain plates and placards

To qualify for disability parking plates or placards (sometimes incorrectly referred to as  “handicapped stickers”) in Nevada, the applicant must be characterized as having a disability by a licensed physician who certifies an individual's disability by completing the bottom half of the application. The patient must have one or more of the following conditions to qualify:

  • Cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to rest.
  • Cannot walk without the use of a brace, cane, crutch, wheelchair, or other device, or another person.
  • Is restricted by a lung disease.
  • Uses portable oxygen.
  • Has a cardiac condition to the extent that functional limitations are classified as a Class III or Class IV according to standards adopted by the American Heart Association.
  • Is visually handicapped.
  • Is severely limited in his/her ability to walk because of an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.

The physician must also certify whether a patient's condition is subject to change and, if so, the length of time the disability is expected to last.

The Application

You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in Nevada’s application for disability parking identification. You may also apply at your local DMV.

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

The DMV issues disability license plates for cars and motorcycles, placards, motorcycle stickers and expedited service permits. Only those with a permanent disability qualify for license plates or permits. A disabled person with a reversible condition may obtain only placards or motorcycle stickers.

Disabled Persons Plate. Plates are assigned to a specific vehicle. Placards can be used on any vehicle but must be used only by the disabled individual. Motorcycle stickers are affixed to the license plate. Disabled plates are listed with the prefix "PH" in official DMV records and documents. The license plate number for the plate pictured is "PH00000". The physician must also certify whether a patient's condition is subject to change and, if so, the length of time the disability is expected to last.

  • Temporary -  Red placards or motorcycle stickers valid for up to six months
  • Moderate -  Blue placards or motorcycle stickers valid for up to two years
  • Permanent -  License plates, stickers or blue placards valid for ten yearsIn addition to the plates/placards described above, the Nevada DMV issues Authorization Letters that list the disabled person's name and address. These must be kept in the vehicle if it has handicapped plates or with the disabled person who is using placards.

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

Parking illegally in an accessible parking space carries a minimum fine of $250.

Out of state

Nevada recognizes out-of-state disability permits. However, not all states may recognize Nevada disability permits.

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