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Information for Disabled Drivers in Wisconsin

Information for Disabled Drivers in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, drivers certified by licensed health personnel to have impaired mobility or a condition which substantially interferes with mobility may qualify for "Disabled" status.

You are also considered a disabled driver if you have

  • Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping or if you need the support of a brace, cane, crutch, wheelchair or another person.
  • Restricted walking due to arthritis, neurological or orthopedic conditions.
  • Suffer from lung disease or use portable oxygen.
  • A cardiac condition classified by the American Heart Association as Class III or Class IV.

Disabled persons can acquire a Permanent or Temporary Disabled Parking Identification card (DIS ID) or DP license plates or Disabled Veteran license Plates. These entitle you to special parking privileges in areas designated for disabled persons, whenever you are the driver or a passenger of the vehicle. Misuse or abuse of these privileges is a misdemeanor; offenders can get fines of up to $300. Forgery and/or trading in counterfeit or genuine placards invite higher penalties of up to $500.

Visit the section on Wisconsin's DMV's Disabled Customers for details.

HOW TO APPLY FOR DISABLED STATUS

You are considered to have disabled status when you acquire a Disabled or license plates. The procedure to acquire these is explained below.

Duration of status

DP license plates are available only to those who are permanently disabled.

DIS ID may be issued to those with temporary disabilities:

  • Plates for the permanently disabled are valid for 4 years.
  • Temporary identification cards are valid for up to 6 months. If you need it for more than 6 months, you may apply for another card.

How to apply for DP license plates

To obtain DP license plates:

  1. Download and complete the Disabled Parking License Plates Appli[http://www.dmv.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dot.wisconsin.gov%2Fdrivers%2Fforms%2Fmv2162.pdf ]cation.
  2. Have your health care specialist complete the Eligibility Section of the form. This is not required if you already have a DIS ID card.
  3. If you want a DIS ID, please indicate this in your application and retain a copy of this application for inspection by a traffic officer on demand.
  4. If you want personalized Disabled plates make sure you mark the application section & include an additional $15.00 along with the registration fee (if expiring in the next 6 months).
  5. A copy of your Certificate of Registration OR the complete vehicle description in the application. If the vehicle is not in your name, then send:
  6. A completed title application.
  7. Annual registration fees and other fees.
  8. A fee of $15 if you are applying for personalized plates.
  9. Make a check or money order payable to Registration Fee Trust and mail the application with the payment to:
    Wisconsin Department of Transport
    

    Special Plates Unit - DIS

    P O Box 7306

    Madison, WI 53707-7306

How to apply for Disabled Veterans License Plates

If an injury incurred when in active U.S. Military Service qualifies you for disabled parking privileges you may apply for disabled veteran license plates. Disabled veteran license plates provide the same parking privileges as the disabled parking license plates.

  1. Download and complete the U.S. Veteran Disabled Parking License Plates application (MV2172).
  2. An authorized VA representative must complete "VA Certification." (page 2)
  3. If you want a DIS ID, please indicate this in your application and retain a copy of this application for inspection by a traffic officer on demand.
  4. If you want personalized Disabled plates make sure you mark the application section & include an additional $15.00 along with the registration fee (if expiring in the next 6 months).
  5. A copy of your Certificate of Registration OR the complete vehicle description in the application. If the vehicle is not in your name, then send:
  6. A completed title application.
  7. Annual registration fees and other fees.
  8. A fee of $15 if you are applying for personalized plates.
  9. Make a check or money order payable to Registration Fee Trust and mail the application with the payment to:
    Wisconsin Department of Transport
    

    Special Plates Unit - VET

    P O Box 7306

    Madison, WI 53707-7306

    [http://www.dmv.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dot.wisconsin.gov%2Fdrivers%2Fforms%2Fmv2172.pdf ][http://www.dmv.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dot.wisconsin.gov%2Fdrivers%2Fforms%2Fmv2172.pdf ]

How to apply for a Permanent or Temporary DIS ID

  1. Download and complete the Permanent Disability ID card Application (MV - 2598) [http://www.dmv.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dot.wisconsin.gov%2Fdrivers%2Fforms%2Fmv2548.pdf ] or a Temporary Disability ID Card Application (MV -2933)
  2. Have a licensed physician, an authorized VA (Veterans Administration) representative sign the Eligibility Section of the form. This is not required if you already have a DIS ID card.
  3. You need to keep a copy of this application for inspection by a traffic officer on demand.
  4. You will be issued only one DIS ID. If you do not have a DP license plate or a DP Veteran license plate, then two DIS IDs will be issued.
  5. Mail the application with the payment to:
    Wisconsin Department of Transport
    

    Special Plates Unit

    P O Box 7306

    Madison, WI 53707

FEE

There is no fee for issuing, renewing or replacing a DIS ID or DP license plate. Applications made at the DMV service center have a fee of $3. Temporary DIS ID cards have a fee of $6. Applications made at the DMV service center have an additional fee of $3.

RENEWAL

  1. People with the permanent disability blue DIS ID have to renew their cards every 4 years.
  2. People with the temporary disability red DIS ID card have an eligibility of 6 months.
  3. The renewal process is the same as the new application process.

REPLACEMENT

To replace lost, stolen or mutilated placards or plates, visit your local DMV office.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Location and hours of Wisconsin DMV offices.
  • Wisconsin disability licenses and identification cards are valid in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
 

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