How to get a disability placard or plate in Massachusetts

If you have a disability, it can be difficult for you to get to the places that you need to go on a day-to-day basis. Luckily, the Massachusetts RMV is able to issue temporary and permanent disability parking placards and plates to reduce the transportation barriers people with disabilities have to deal with.

What do I need in order to apply for a disability placard or plate in Massachusetts?

  • The Application for Disabled Parking Placard/Plate (Form MAB100), which must include medical certification by any of the following:
    • Physician, including podiatrists.
    • Chiropractor.
    • Physician assistant.
    • Registered nurse.
    • Optometrist (for eye conditions ONLY).
  • A letter from the Veteran’s Administration stating that your disability is at least 60% AND related to your military service (for disabled veteran plates only).

If you choose to mail in your application and your photo is on file with the MA RMV, you will receive your disability placard or plate in the mail. If your photo is not on file, you will receive an approval notice with instructions for getting your picture taken.

What is the cost?

Placards are free.

Plates on a passenger vehicle cost $60 for 2 years

Plates on a motorcycle cost $20 for 1 year.

Disabled veteran license plates are free.

How long until I have to renew my placard or plate?

A temporary placard is issued for 2 to 24 months based on your doctor’s certification.

A permanent placard is valid for 5 years.

You must renew your disabilities license plate by renewing your vehicle registration.

Where can I turn in my application?

Applications for parking placards and plates must be turned into your nearest full services RMV, or can be submitted by mail to the address on the application form.

Click here to learn more about getting a disability plate or placard in Massachusetts.

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