How to get a handicap parking permit in New Mexico (NM)

Alabama's disability access placard

New Mexico 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 for a placard is someone who

  • cannot walk 100 feet without stopping to rest;
  • cannot walk withouth the use of brace, cane, crutch, or without assistance from another person, prosthetic device, a wheelchair, or other assistive device;
  • is restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the his or her forced respiratory volume, when exhaling for 1 second, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 millimeters on room air at rest;
  • uses portable oxygen;
  • has a severe cardiac condition; or
  • is so severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurologic, or orthopedic condition that the person cannot ascend or descend more than 10 stair steps.

An amputee who does not meet any of the conditions above is not entitled to a handicapped plate or placard.

The individual to whom a parking placard is issued is the only person entitled to use it. The placard may be used in any vehicle the placard holder operates or in which he or she is transported.

How to obtain a permit

Applicants must complete and sign a Certificate of Eligibility (MVD-10383).  Photocopies will not be accepted. Completed forms may be taken to any New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division field office for processing or mailed to the following address:

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division
1100 South St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Disability parking placards are issued at no cost.

Validity/expiration of placards/permits

Permanent placards expire 4 years from their date of issuance. Temporary placards are valid for a maximum period of 12 months.

Renewing your permit/placard

No reminder notice will be mailed to the placard holder prior to a placard’s expiration date.

Holders of permanent placards must renew their placards before the expiration date (4 years from the date of issuance). No further medical information will need to be furnished, but Form MVD-10383 must again be completed and submitted to any field office or mailed to the address above. Put another way, Section D of the form will not need to be refilled, only Sections A and E.

Holders of temporary placards may renew their placards by following the same process required for the original issuance of the placard.

Lost placard/replacement

Those wishing to replace a damaged placard may simply bring it to a field office, where it will be reissued at no cost.

Those wishing to replace a lost or stolen placard may call the Motor Vehicle Division at (888) 683-4636, where a customer service representative can offer assistance. (Be prepared to provide a driver’s license or identification number.)

Sections A and E of Form MVD-10383 also allow placard holders to request replacement placards. The form can be brought in to any field office or mailed to the address above.

Where to hang the placard/permit

When the vehicle is parked, the placard must be hung from the rear view mirror with the identification number and expiration date visible from the front of the vehicle. If there is no rear view mirror, the placard should be placed on the dashboard with the identification number and expiration date visible.

The placard is to be displayed only when the vehicle is parked, not when it is in operation. A citation could be issued for obstruction of the driver’s view if the placard is not removed when the vehicle is in operation.


Source URL

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division 

Things You’ll Need

Applicable Fee: No charge
Computer with Internet Access: The application form can be obtained from the local DMV or printed online
Physician Certificate: Physician to certify disability in the application form
Mail Original Documents: Original application to be submitted in person or mailed


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