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 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
Notes:
  • 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
 

 

"Physically Disabled" Defined -Minn. Stat. § 169.345
 The applicant must have a permanent disability which meets one or more of the following criteria to be eligible for disability plates:
    1. 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;
    2. The applicant uses portable oxygen
    3. The applicant has an arterial oxygen tension (PAO2) of less than 60 mm/Hg on room air rest;
    4. 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;
    5. 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
    6. 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. 
    7. The applicant has a permanent condition that would be aggravated to such an extent that walking 200 feet would be life threatening.
    8. Because of permanent disability, the applicant cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest. 
    9. Because of permanent disability, the applicant cannot walk without significant risk of falling.