Disabled Parking Permits in Colorado

How to obtain plates and placards

To qualify for disability parking plates or placards (sometimes referred to as   “handicapped stickers”) in Colorado, the applicant must submit a completed DR 2219 Persons with Disabilities Parking Privileges Application  to the County Motor Vehicle Office. The application must be signed by the applicant or representative. To be considered “disabled” and eligible for persons with disabilities license plates and/or placards, the applicant must meet one of the criteria below and have it verified in writing by a medical professional.

  • Mobility: Persons who cannot walk two-hundred feet without stopping to rest.
  • Assisted Mobility: Persons who cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device.
  • Respiratory: Persons who are restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person’s forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second when measured by spirometry is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg on room air or at rest.
  • Oxygen: Persons who use portable oxygen.
  • Cardiac: Persons who have a cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as class III or IV according to the standards of the American Heart Association.
  • Other: Persons who are severely limited in their ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.

The Application

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

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

A person with a disability may apply for:

  • An identifying placard to be prominently displayed on a motor vehicle used to transport such person with a disability.
  • A distinguishing license plate to be displayed on a motor vehicle owned by such person.
  • If the person with a disability is also a Disabled Veteran as determined by 42-3-213(5), C.R.S., that person may elect to display the Handicap Disabled Veteran license plates.  

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

Fines for parking in a disabled space without a disabled parking pass or blocking access to a blue zone in Colorado are approximately $100.

Out of state

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

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