Reference: Minn. Stat. § 168.021
Display/Fees: Refer to Special Plates Brochure
To qualify the applicant must meet one of the following criteria:
- must be permanently disabled and the owner or primary operator of the vehicle
- must own a commercial rental motor vehicle specially modified for and used exclusively by permanently physically disabled people
- is the custodial parent or guardian applying on behalf of a permanently disabled minor
- If an individual does not qualify for disability plates, they may be eligible for a Disability Parking Certificate.
- Qualifying applicants are allowed to have two sets of disability plates in addition to one disability parking certificate (hangtag).
- Applicants for additional sets of plates must submit a completed questionnaire developed by the Minnesota State Council on Disability.
- If the additional plate is for a motorcycle, the questionnaire/letter is not necessary
- Upon death, a qualifying permanently disabled spouse may elect to retain the disability plates rather than applying for a new set. Have the spouse complete an Application for Special Plates (PS2010) and note that spouse is retaining existing plates - no plate or transfer fee is due.
Most Special Plates are availble with a disability emblem
Can you transfer plates? Yes, for no fee
The applicant must have a permanent disability which meets one or more of the following criteria to be eligible for disability plates:
- The applicant has a cardiac condition to the extent that the applicant's functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association;
- The applicant uses portable oxygen
- The applicant has an arterial oxygen tension (PAO2) of less than 60 mm/Hg on room air rest;
- he applicant is restricted by a respiratory disease to such an extent that the person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter;he applicant is restricted by a respiratory disease to such an extent that the person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter;
- The applicant has lost an arm or leg, and does not have or cannot use an artificial limb;
Conditions 6-9 must specifically identify the permanent condition causing disability
- Because of the disability the applicant must use a wheelchair or cannot walk without the aid of, a walker, a cane, crutches, braces, or a prosthetic device.
- The applicant has a permanent condition that would be aggravated to such an extent that walking 200 feet would be life threatening.
- Because of permanent disability, the applicant cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
- Because of permanent disability, the applicant cannot walk without significant risk of falling.