To qualify for a disability parking plates or placards
(sometimes referred to as a “handicapped sticker”) in New Mexico, the applicant
must meet one of the conditions described below and must obtain a licensed
physician’s certification prior to the initial issuance of disability access
placards. New Mexico requires that the applicant:
- cannot walk one hundred feet without stopping to
- cannot walk without the use of a brace, a cane,
a crutch, assistance from another
- person, a prosthetic device, a wheelchair or
another assistive device;
- is restricted by lung disease to such an extent
that the person's forced respiratory volume, when exhaling for one second, when
measured by spirometry, is less than one liter or the arterial oxygen tension
is less than sixty millimeters on room air at rest;
- uses portable oxygen;
- has a severe cardiac condition; or
- is so severely limited in his ability to walk
due to an arthritic, neurologic or
- orthopedic condition that the person cannot
ascend or descend more than ten stair steps.
You can seek either plates or a placard by completing New
for disability parking identification and then applying at your local MVD office.
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards
New Mexico issues placards and license plates for:
Disabled Person Parking Permit – Individuals who qualify for permanent
disability are eligible to choose either a license plate (for severe mobility
problems) or a placard.
Disabled Person Parking Permit -- Temporary handicapped placards, which are
issued for short-term mobility impairment or medical conditions, are valid for twelve
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
New Mexico prohibits parking motor vehicles in handicapped
spaces without a special vehicle identification. The fine for illegally parking
in an accessible space, an access isle and/or blocking a curb ramp, ranges from
$250 to a maximum of $500. Violators can be ticketed and/or towed.
Out of state
New Mexico recognizes out-of-state disability permits.