A placard issued for a period of five years is equivalent to permanent status for disabled parking.
In order to apply for a Permanent Placard, the customer must be a Massachusetts resident. Any disabled customer who meets the eligibility criteria may apply for a Permanent Placard, regardless of whether he/she has a valid license or owns a vehicle.
A customer may be issued only one valid Permanent Placard at a time, and there is no fee for a placard. A placard is valid only for the handicapped person to whom it is issued and is not transferable to another party. Before the Registry of Motor Vehicles can issue a customer a placard, the customer must have his/her photo taken.
In order to apply for a Permanent Placard, the customer must submit the Application for Disabled Parking Placard/Plate or provide a request from a medical doctor, osteopath, nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, chiropractor, optometrist (legal blindness only), podiatrist or physician's assistant to Medical Affairs.
The request must be dated within 30 days, written on professional letterhead and include:
1. The customer's name and date of birth
2. Clinical diagnosis
3. Duration disabled parking is needed
4. A statement whether the customer:
a. Is medically qualified to operate a motor vehicle safely
b. Should be evaluated by the Registry via a Road Competency Exam
c. Is not medically qualified to operate a motor vehicle safely