Motor Vehicle: Disabled (Persons with Disabilities)
Disability Placards/Plates enable the driver to park in the specially marked parking zones. Form DR2219, the "Persons with Disabilities Parking Privileges Application", is required to obtain the placards or plates. This form can be obtained at the official DMV forms page
at the Colorado Department of Revenue's DMV web site.Definitions:
- A "person with a disability means a person so severely impaired that such person is unable to move from place to place without the aid of a mechanical device…" (CRS 42-3-121) Qualifying criteria are listed below.
- A temporary disability is defined to last 90 days or less.
- A permanent disability is a disability other than a temporary disability.
- A "persons with disabilities" license plate is a standard metal license plate with the disabled symbol.
- A "persons with disabilities" placard is a sturdy, plastic hangtag to be placed on the rear view mirror so that it is visible in the front windshield. It shows an expiration date.
of the applicant's mobility restrictions must be confirmed by one of the following individuals ONLY (not nurse, physician's assistant, etc):
Three types of registrations are available:
- Colorado licensed physician (must be licensed to practice medicine in Colorado).
- The Director of the Division of Rehabilitation.
- A Commissioned Medical Officer of one of the following: the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Public Health Service or the U.S. Veteran's Administration.
- Permanent License Plates - issued to a person with a permanent disability that owns and drives a vehicle. The applicant's name must appear as the owner or the co-owner of the vehicle to which the plates will be registered. The registration fees are calculated the same as for regular license plates and are payable yearly. The applicant can request either one set of plates or one set of plates and 1 placard. The applicant must re-certify his/her disability every three years.
- Permanent Placard- issued to a person with a permanent disability who does not own or who owns more than one vehicle. The placard is to be placed inside the vehicle only when the person with a disability is present in the vehicle. The placard is movable from one vehicle to another. There is no extra fee for the permanent placard. (Standard issuance is one placard unless 2 are requested.) For renewal, the applicant must re-certify his/her disability every three years.
- Temporary Placard- issued to a person with a temporary disability for a time period of up to 90 days. (Standard issuance is one placard.) For renewal, the applicant must re-certify his/her disability.
- Persons who cannot walk without the aid of another person, a dog guide, a companion dog, a walker, a cane, crutches, braces, prostheses, or a wheelchair.
- Persons are mobility impaired by best corrected central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye as measured by the Snellen Test, OR persons who have central visual acuity better than 20/200 with a limitation of the field of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle of 20 or less.
- Persons who are restricted by a pulmonary condition to the extent that the Arterial Oxygen Saturation, on room air, at rest, is 90% or less or the patient desaturates to 90% or less on mild exercise, OR who use prescribed portable oxygen during the day.
- Persons who have a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified as class III or IV according to the standards of the New York Heart Association.
- Persons who have a disability that would be aggravated by walking 150 to 200 feet under normal environmental conditions and a resultant mobility impairment of the same degree as described in the four criteria above.