Apply for a disability placard or license plate

Disability plates and placards are issued to qualified Massachusetts residents who meet the eligibility requirements.
Processing time varies based upon application volume. Please allow at least 30 business days for processing.

RMV - Medical Affairs Division

The Details

What you need

To apply for a disability plate or placard, you must:

  • Complete a disability parking plate or placard application
    • Your healthcare provider will have to fill out a section to verify your disability status
    • Retain a copy of your 2-sided placard application
  • If applying for a Disabled Veteran (DV) plate, you will also need a DV plate letter (RMV35A) from the veteran’s administration. You can contact the veteran's affairs at (800) 827-1000 to request the letter. When prompted, press # 9 and then # 2.

A disability placard has no fee.


For fee information, see our schedule of fees.

Name Fee Unit
2 year registered disability plate $60 each
1 year Motorcycle disability plate $20 each

How to apply

Send the completed, original application and any supporting documentation to:

Registry of Motor Vehicles

Attn: Medical Affairs Branch
PO Box 55889
Boston, MA 02205-5889


Note: The RMV encourages you to retain a copy of the 2-sided placard application.

You can bring the completed application and any supporting documentation to the Haymarket RMV Service Center, located at:

Haymarket Center

3rd Floor
136 Blackstone Street
Boston, MA.

More info

Disability plates

Disability plates are issued to qualified Massachusetts residents who are primary owners of a registered passenger vehicle or a motorcycle. A holder of a passenger vehicle disability plate is entitled to a temporary disabled placard. A person must demonstrate "good cause" or need for the placard in writing to the medical affairs. "Good cause" means a valid reason why the plate cannot be used and duration of the need. Placards may be issued for up to 24 months.

Disability placards

Disability placards are issued to qualified applicants on a temporary or permanent basis. A person may be issued only one valid placard at a time.

Disability Veteran plates

Disability Veteran plates are issued only to qualified Massachusetts resident veterans who meet the same qualifications as those applying for a disability plate. The DV plate letter (RMV35A) details your service connected disabilities. You must have a combined rating of at least 60% service connected disabilities for qualifying conditions.  These are the same disabilities that would qualify you for disabled parking. These plates are issued only to qualifying persons who are the primary owner of a registered passenger vehicle.



Mailing Address
PO Box 55889, Attention: Medical Affairs, Boston, MA 02205-5889
Physical Address
136 Blackstone Street, Haymarket Center, Boston, MA 02109


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