To qualify for a disability parking plates or placards
(sometimes referred to as a “handicapped sticker”) in Tennessee, 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. Tennessee requires that the applicant is:
- one who is disabled by paraplegia, amputation of
leg, foot or both hands, or other condition, certified by a physician duly
licensed to practice medicine, resulting in an equal degree of disability
(specifying the particular condition) so as not to be able to get about without
great difficulty, including impairments that, regardless of cause or
manifestation, confine such person to a wheelchair or cause such person to be
so ambulatory disabled that he or she cannot walk two hundred feet (200')
without stopping to rest and includes, but is not limited to, those persons
using braces or crutches, arthritics, spastics and those with pulmonary or
cardiac ills who may be semiambulatory; or
- the owner of a motor vehicle with vision of not
more than 20/200 with correcting glasses, or
owner of a motor vehicle who is so ambulatory disabled that he or she cannot
walk two hundred feet (200') without stopping to rest and who is seeking
treatment and/or healing solely by prayer through spiritual means in the
practice of religion in accordance with the creeds or tenets of the First
Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts. Such condition shall be
certified by a Christian Science practitioner listed in The Christian Science
Journal as resulting in a degree of disability so that such person is not able
to get about without great difficulty..
You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in
Tennessee’s application for disability parking
identification. Contact Tennessee Department of Public Safety Drivers License Services Division, P.O. Box 11415, Tennessee
City, OK 73136.
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards
Tennessee issues placards and license plates for:
- may be issued to persons who are permanently
disabled as noted on the physician's statement;
- may be issued to the parent or legal guardian of
a permanently disabled individual;
- shall cost the same as the regular fee for
passenger motor vehicles;
- shall expire two years from the date issued.
- may be issued to persons who are temporarily disabled by a
non-ambulatory or semi-ambulatory condition due to surgery, bone fracture or
breakage, or similar condition, and whose temporary disabling condition and the
estimated duration of such condition is noted on the physician's statement;
- shall cost $10 for the initial placard issuance
and subsequent renewals;
- shall be issued for the estimated duration of
the condition, but not in excess of six months;
- The use of a "prescription pad"
statement can also be used as evidence to determine eligibility for a temporary
placard if it is attached to form RV-F1310301 and describes the mobility
disabilities as "non-ambulatory" or "semi-ambulatory."
Disabled Driver Decal
May be issued to allow holders of the new specialty
earmarked license plates to keep their specialty plate but take advantage of
the disabled parking privileges.
Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges
Drivers in Tennessee who abuse disability parking may
have their vehicles towed and may be subject to a fine of $200.
Out of state
Tennessee recognizes out-of-state disability permits.