How to get a handicap parking permit in Maine (ME)
A person is eligible to receive a disabled parking placard if he or she
- cannot walk 200 feet at length without stopping to rest;
- uses portable oxygen;
- has a cardiac condition to the extent that person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as Class 3 or Class 4, according to the standards set by the American Heart Association;
- is severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition;
- restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person’s forced expiratory volume for one second, when measured by a spirometer, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60mm/hg on room air at rest;
- cannot walk without the assistance from another person or the use of a brace, cane, crutch, prosthetic device, wheelchair or assistive device; or
- is recovering from childbirth. Persons with this condition alone are only eligible for temporary placards.
How to obtain a permit
Applicants must submit an Application for Disability Plates/Placards (Form PS-18). Its top section must completed by the applicant; its bottom section must be completed by a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or a registered nurse. The application may be processed at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch or mailed or faxed to:Bureau of Motor Vehicles Disability Clerk 29 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0029 Fax: (207) 624-9204
Placards are free.
Validity/expiration of placards/permits
A permanent placard is valid for 4 years, while temporary placards are valid for up to 6 months.
Permanent placards must be renewed every 4 years. Applicants must complete the top portion of Form PS-18. Because recertification isn’t required, the bottom portion can be left blank when renewing a placard.
Renewal of temporary placards require the completion of both the top and bottom portions of Form PS-18.
Contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or visit thenearest Motor Vehicle Branch office for a replacement. The applicant’s paperwork must be on file and current with BMV. The expiration date of the new replacement placard will be the same as the old placard.
Where to hang the placard/permit
The placard must be hung from the rearview mirror when the vehicle is stationary and parked in the space designated for persons with disabilities. The placard must be removed when the vehicle is in motion.
Things You’ll Need
|Applicable Fee: $1.00 for a disabled parking permit|
|Computer with Internet Access: Favorable but not mandatory|
|Physician Certificate: Physician to certify disability in the application form|
|Mail Original Documents: Original application to be submitted at the BMV office or a local municipal office|