How to get a handicap parking permit in Colorado (CO)


Colorado handicapped parking sign

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

Who’s eligible?

An eligible candidate is someone who

  • uses portable oxygen;
  • has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as class III or IV according to the standards of the American Heart Association;
  • cannot walk 200 ft without stopping to rest;
  • cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device;
  • is severely limited in his/her ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition; or
  • 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 or at rest.
How to obtain a permit

The applicant must complete the Application for Persons With Disabilities Parking Privileges’ DR 2219 form and submit it to the local motor vehicle office. The form must be signed by either the applicant or a representative. A licensed Colorado medical professional or a commissioned medical officer (CMO) must sign the form.


There is no fee for placards.

Validity/expiration of placards/permits

Permanent placards are valid for up to 3 years, while temporary placards are valid for up to 90 days. Temporary placards may only be renewed once.

Renewing your permit/placard

Permanent placard holders need to recertify their disability status every 3 years by filling out DR 2219.

Lost placard/replacement

If the placard has been lost, stolen, mutilated, or otherwise damaged and the replacement placard is being requested prior to the expiration date, the damaged or mutilated placards should be surrendered to the authorized agent for replacement. Be ready to provide a copy of the DR 2574 Registration Receipt for the placard being replaced as proof for replacement validation.

The applicant may choose to be issued a new placard by completing a DR 2219 form, which would reset the 3-year certification date.

Where to hang the placard/permit

The placard must be displayed on the rearview mirror when the vehicle is stationary but removed when the vehicle is in motion.


Source URL

Information for Persons with Disabilities from Department of Revenue

Things You’ll Need

Applicable Fee: No charge
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 in person or by mail