To qualify for disability parking plates or placards
(sometimes incorrectly referred to as “handicapped stickers”) in Minnesota, the applicant must be certified as having a disability by a
licensed physician. Minnesota law defines “physical disability” as:
- Has a cardiac condition to the extent that functional
limitations are classified in severity according to the standards set by the
American Heart Association.
- Uses portable oxygen.
- Is restricted by a respiratory disease.
- Has an artificial oxygen tension (PAO2) of less
than 60 mm/Hg on room air at rest.
- Has lost an arm or a leg and does not have or
cannot use an artificial limb.
- Cannot walk without the aid of another person or
device, e.g., wheelchair or cane.
- Walking 200 feet would be life threatening.
- Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
walk without a significant risk of falling.
You can seek either plates or a placard by completing
for disability parking identification, along with the medical
certification, and submitting it to Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Driver
and Vehicle Services Division, 445 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101-5164.
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards
Minnesota issues three types of certification:
certificate – for one to six months
certificate – for seven to 12 months
certificate – for 13 to 71 months (six years). The disability must be
re-certified before a new or subsequent parking certificate will be issued.
Persons with a permanent disability are issued a Six-Year Certificate.
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
The fine for abusing handicapped parking in Minnesota is not
less than $100 and not more than $200 in Minnesota.
Out of state
Minnesota recognizes out-of-state disability permits.
However, not all states may recognize Minnesota disability permits.