Montana disabled parking permit holders are entitled to park in disabled spaces in Montana and also in all other US states. Below we’ll outline the qualifying conditions for a disabled parking placard in Montana.
What Qualifies You For A Disability Placard In Montana?
Montana disabled parking permits of all types are issued by the Montana Department of Justice, Motor Vehicle Division. To qualify for a disabled parking permit in Montana you must be a resident in the state of Montana, and:
- Have a qualifying disability OR
- Be the parent, spouse, or caregiver of a disabled person OR
- Be an organization that transports disabled people
Qualifying Conditions For A Disabled Parking Placard In Montana
You will qualify for a disabled parking permit in Montana if:
- You cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
- You are severely limited in your ability to walk because of an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.
- You are so severely disabled that you cannot walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device.
- You use portable oxygen.
- You are restricted by lung disease to the extent that your forced expiratory respiratory volume, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter per second or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
- You have an impairment because of cardiovascular disease or a cardiac condition to the extent that your functional limitations are classified as Class III or IV under standards accepted by the American Heart Association.
- You have a disability resulting from an acute sensitivity to automobile emissions or from another disease or physical condition that limits or impairs your mobility and that is documented by the licensed physician, licensed physician’s assistant, the licensed chiropractor, or the licensed advanced practice registered nurse as being comparable in severity to the other conditions listed in this subsection.
Who Qualifies For A Disabled License Plate In Montana?
Only people who have a permanent disability qualify to have a disabled license plate in Montana.
How Do I Get A Disability Placard In The State Of Montana?
You can get a disabled parking permit in Montana by applying to the Montana Department of Justice, Motor Vehicle Division.
The first step is to have a medical consultation. This can be done online at the Dr. Handicap online clinic. Once your disability has been verified, the medical professional will certify a disability parking placard application Montana and email it to you within 24 hours.
You must then complete the form and submit it one of the following ways:
- By email to: mtDriverHistory@mt.gov
- By mail to: Motor Vehicle Division, P.O. Box 201430, Helena, MT 59620
- In person at: Motor Vehicle Division, 302 N Roberts, Helena, MT 59601
How Much Do Montana Disabled Parking Permits Cost?
Disabled parking placards of all types are free in Montana. Disability license plates cost the standard registration fee, which is:
- Vehicles four years old and under: $217 (for a 12-month registration)
- Vehicles five to 10 years old: $87 (for a 12-month registration)
- Vehicles over 11 years old: $28 (for a 12-month registration)
What Types Of Disabled Parking Permits Are Available In Montana?
You can get the following different types of disabled parking permits in Montana:
- Temporary disabled parking placards
- Extended temporary disabled parking placards
- Permanent disabled parking placards
- Permanent disability license plates
- Disabled Veterans license plates
Which Medical Professionals Can Certify An Application For Disabled Parking In Montana?
The following types of state-licensed medical professionals can certify an application for disabled parking in Montana:
- Licensed physician
- Physician’s assistant
- Advanced practice registered nurse
When Do Montana Disabled Parking Permits Expire?
Montana disabled parking permits are valid for the following durations:
- Permanent disabled parking placards are valid for three years
- Temporary disabled parking placards are valid for up to six months
- Extended temporary disabled parking placards are valid for up to two years
Permits are valid until the last day of the month and year printed on the permit.
How Do I Renew My Montana Disabled Parking Permit?
To renew your Montana disabled parking permit, you must submit a new application form before the expiration date printed on the current permit.
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