An individual with a disability may apply for:
- One placard
- One set of disability plates
- One placard and one set of disability plates
- Two placards.
In addition, up to two motorcycle disability plates can be requested with any combination listed above.
Placards are designed to easily move from one vehicle to another, whether it's a vehicle you own personally or a vehicle in which you're riding that is owned by another.
Placards must be hung on the inside rearview mirror. If the vehicle does not have an inside mirror, or the inside mirror is not visible from the rear, you may display the placard on top of the dashboard on the driver’s side. Please make sure that the side of the placard displayed shows its expiration date.
You must remove all hanging placards from the rearview mirror while your vehicle is in motion.
To discourage theft, please conceal your placard when it is not in use.
You must also have your copy of the medical certification in your possession whenever you use the placard or plates. This certification must be presented to any law enforcement officer upon request.
The MVA will accept a letter from the Veterans Administration stating that you have a total (100%) disability and will issue a disability license plate. You can choose any plate, including a veteran plate, and it will display the universal wheelchair symbol.
If you own more than one vehicle, your options are as follows:
- One set of disability plates and one placard
- Two placards
Only one set of disability plates per disabled licensed driver can be issued with the universal wheelchair symbol. The other set of plates will not have the symbol and that vehicle will need a placard for disabled parking.
100% Disabled Veterans receive free registration for all license plate types.
If you have a temporary disability that’s expected to last at least three weeks, you may apply for a temporary parking placard. It must be certified by a licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, optometrist, podiatrist or chiropractor. This placard may be valid for up to six months
There is no fee for the placard(s). Requests for a set of disability plates require the assessment of a substitute/replacement tag fee. Please submit your completed application along with the appropriate $20.00 fee. If requesting a set of disability plates at the time of renewal for your vehicle registration, the registration renewal fee is also required.
Download the application for Maryland Parking Placards/License Plates for Individuals with a Disability (form number VR-210). You may also visit your local MVA full-service or express office (for placards only) or call the MVA at any of the numbers listed below :
- Call MVA’s Fax on Demand System at
410-424-3050 and request Catalogue #15
- Call MVA’s Customer Service Center
- Call MVA's Customer Service Center from out-of-state at
- TTY for the hearing impaired at
The individual with the disability must sign and date the application. Please complete all applicable sections of the form. Be sure to identify whether you are applying for a placard by checking the appropriate box at the top. If requesting a set of plates, please complete section D of the application. A set of disability plates may only be issued to vehicle(s) titled in the name of the individual with a disability or to a vehicle that has been leased to an individual with a disability.
Have your doctor complete the Disability Certification Information section of the application. This section does not have to be completed if you are self-certifying.
Mail the completed form along with the appropriate fees (do not mail cash) to the MVA, Disability Unit, Room 202, 6601 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland, 21062 or visit your local MVA office (except Oakland) to receive your placard in person. If you are requesting the placard to be mailed, your doctor’s office may fax your certified application to 410 787-7840. Please note that an MVA office will accept a fax of the certified doctor’s application if it is faxed directly to an MVA office. A photocopy or faxed copy of a certified application, faxed to the individual, will not be accepted.
Only full service MVA office locations issue disability plates.
The MVA issues personalized license plates with the universal wheelchair symbol for people with disabilities. Please contact the MVA’s Customer Service Center for more information.
Anyone committing fraud or misrepresenting themselves when applying for or using a parking placard for people with disabilities is subject to a fine of up to $500. If disability conditions are not met, the plate/placards may be revoked.
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