• Living with a disability that impairs your ability to move isn't easy. For most, walking a few hundred feet is a simple task. For some, it may be impossible. Disabled parking spaces are designed to eliminate this disadvantage by providing disabled people with convenient access to many public and private facilities. In order to be able to make use of this, you must have either a disabled person's placard or disabled person's license plates.

    At the moment, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles issues the following types of placards, depending on the nature of your disability:

    • Temporary placards
    • Permanent placards and license plates

    In order to qualify for disabled person's placards or license plates, you must have one of the following conditions:

    • Serious limitations to movement ability. The person is not able to walk 150 to 200 feet without stopping to rest, has some arthritic or neurological condition, or cannot walk without the assistance of others or without using various devices for assistance.
    • A pulmonary condition or who use prescribed portable oxygen during the day.
    • 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.
    • A heart condition to the extent that functional limitations are classified as a Class III or Class IV

    If you wish to apply for a disabled person's placard or license plates, you must fill out an Application Form (DR 2219) and have your doctor sign it. You can submit the application to the DMV via mail services or take it to one of the offices personally. If you are applying for license plates, you must also submit a photocopy of the title or registration of the vehicle.

    Placards are transferable between different vehicles, but you must ensure that the individual whose name appears on the placard is present in the vehicle. The placard must be displayed on the rearview mirror of the vehicle and must be presented to any law enforcement officer upon request.

    You can download the form needed to apply for Disabled Person's Plates (DR 2219).

    Note: This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm all details directly with the CO DMV. You can visit the CO DMV website or call the DMV for more information.

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