Any disabled resident of New Mexico may be entitled to receive a handicap placard or license plate by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division. With a qualifying condition, you may be able to receive a specific handicap parking permit, including:
- Temporary placard (valid for up to one year)
- Permanent placard (valid for up to four years)
- Handicap license plate (valid with your vehicle registration)
- Disabled veteran license plate (valid with your vehicle registration)
Out-of-state visitors can use their handicap parking pass from their home state, since New Mexico will honor it. However, if you become a permanent resident of New Mexico, you must fill out a new application.
Each handicap parking permit is issued to a specific person and cannot be used by anyone else. The following laws apply to any handicap parking pass in New Mexico:
- The placard should be displayed on the rearview mirror only when the vehicle is parked, and the identification number and expiration date must be visible.
- Failure to remove the placard while the vehicle is in motion could lead to a citation.
- The person who was issued the placard must be in the vehicle.
- Law enforcement may request a photo ID to confirm any individual can use the placard.
Anyone who witnesses a person abusing handicap parking privileges should report them to local authorities as soon as possible.
Parking Pass Requirements
The following requirements are necessary in order to qualify to receive a handicap parking placard or license plate through the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division:
- Cannot walk without an assistive device, such as a crutch, cane, brace, prosthetic device, another person, a wheelchair or anything else
- Requires the use of portable oxygen
- Cannot walk 100 feet without resting
- Restricted by a specific lung disease
- Restricted by a severe cardiac condition
- Limited mobility due to a neurologic, orthopedic or arthritic condition that prevents the person from walking up or down 10 stair steps
Anyone with these conditions must receive a medical certification from a licensed physician, and the physician must sign and date a specific section on your handicap parking pass application.
How to Apply
The application process for receiving a handicap placard or license plate in New Mexico is straightforward. The process includes:
- Completing the Certificate of Eligibility for Parking Placard for Mobility Impaired Individuals (Form MVD-10383)
- The original completed form, including the medical certification section, must be submitted to any New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division office for processing
If you are applying for a handicap license plate, you must complete the Application for Mobility Limitation (HP) License Plate (Form MVD-10270). This application also includes a licensed doctor’s certification section and you must mail your application to the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division.
Disabled veterans must fill out the Application for Military Service Special Plate (Form MVD-10353) and provide certification from the Veteran’s Administration that the disability is at least 50% service-connected.
Please click here for more information on how to get your online medical certification from a licensed physician in New Mexico.
When your permanent handicap placard expires, you can renew it by filling out the self-certification section on the application and submitting it. Temporary placards cannot be renewed, and a new application and medical certification must be submitted. License plates are renewed with your vehicle registration.
We have licensed physicians in every state ready to evaluate your condition to determine your eligibility for a handicap parking permit. If you believe you may qualify as a resident of New Mexico, be sure to contact us.