Disabled Parking Permits & Plates
What are the Criteria to Apply for Disabled Parking?
To qualify for disabled parking placards and license plates, an individual must have a physical disability that limits or impairs their ability to walk. Please note: blindness or impaired vision by itself is not a valid criterion to receive disabled parking privileges.A licensed physician must certify that the person meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest;
- Cannot walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, crutch, another person, a prosthetic device, wheelchair or another assistive device;
- Is restricted by lung 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, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
- Uses portable oxygen.
- Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to the American Heart Association leaflet “The Functional and Therapeutic Classifications of Patients with Diseases of the Heart” (printed June 1, 1990).
- Is severely limited in their ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.
Applying for Permits & License Plates
Submit a completed Disabled Person Parking Permits and License Plates Application to your local county treasurer’s office.
Disabled Person Parking Permit
This permit is to be used only when transporting a physically disabled individual and the use of a designated physically disabled person's parking facility is necessary. Vehicles owned by certain nonprofit organizations, licensed hospitals, retirements homes, educational institutions that have under their care or responsibility physically disabled persons, and nursing facilities licensed pursuant to Chapter 34-12 (regulation of hospitals and related institutions) may obtain portable physically disabled person's parking permits.
|Portable Physically Disabled Person Parking Permit|
|Special Requirements||If an applicant is no longer a person with a physical disability or is deceased, or if the applicant no longer transports persons with physical disabilities, the permit must be surrendered within 30 days to the county treasurer of the applicant's residence.|
|Apply||Complete a Disabled Person Parking Permit and License Plates Application (MV-044) and have it validated by a physician. The application is filed with the county treasurer of the applicant's residence.|
Disabled Person Plates
An owner of a vehicle, who is a resident of this state, who has complied with all the laws of this state in obtaining regular number license plates for the motor vehicle, and who operates or directs the operation of the vehicle, may submit to the county treasurer an application containing a physician's certificate on a form approved by the secretary, stating that the applicant is a person with substantial physical disability that makes it impossible or causes substantial hardship to walk. The secretary shall promulgate a rule defining a person with a substantial disability.
|Vehicle Plate||Motorcycle Plate|
|Permanently Disabled Person Plates|
|Fee||There is no additional charge for physically disabled person's license plates.||There is no additional charge for physically disabled person's license plates.|
|Apply||Complete a Disabled Person Parking Permit and License Plates Application (MV-044).||Complete a Disabled Person Parking Permit and License Plates Application (MV-044).|
|Applicable Law||SDCL 32-5-76||SDCL 32-5-76|
Disabled Veteran Plates
Before a person can receive a disabled veteran plate, he or she must be an owner of a motor vehicle or motorcycle and a resident veteran who is either:
- A recipient of a Veterans' Administration K Award; or
- A recipient of an automobile under Public Law 187; or
- A recipient of a statutory benefit for loss or loss of use of one or more extremities; or
- A recipient of a veteran's allotment for total disability which is a service connected injury.
In addition, the injury must have been incurred in active duty during a time of war or while participating in a military mission involving armed conflict. Disabled Veteran plates are available for passenger vehicles and motorcycles. Disabled Veteran plates will be issued from the division upon verification of Disabled Veteran status through the Veteran's Administration in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. If the applicant does not qualify for Disabled Veteran status, the $10 fee will be refunded.
|Vehicle Plate||Motorcycle Plate|
|Disabled Veteran Plates|
|Fee||$10 will be charged annually for the Disabled Veteran plate, no registration fee is charged. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed.||$10 will be charged annually for the Disabled Veteran plate, no registration fee is charged. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed.|
|Apply||Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plate Application (MV-4000).||Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plate Application (MV-4000).|
|Applicable Law||32-5-155, 32-5-157, and 32-5-160||32-5-155, 32-5-157, and 32-5-160|
License Plate Fees
There is no cost for either type of disabled parking permit. An individual can request two permanent portable permits if they have more than one vehicle. Standard fees for disabled parking license plates are shown below.
|Standard Fee||Lien Notation||$10|
|Standard Fee||Solid Waste||$1|
|Standard Fee||Late Title Application Penalty||$1.00 for every week past your 45 day grace period.
Maximum fine of $50.
|Standard Fee||Highway Patrol||$1|