How to get a handicap parking permit in Maine (ME)

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Eligibility
How to obtain a permit
Fee
Validity / expiration of permits
Renewals
Lost, stolen, or damaged placards
Where to hang the placard

Who’s eligible?

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
Fee

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.
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Renewing placards

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.

Lost placard/replacement

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.

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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