disabled-plates

TxDMV Disabled Plates and Placards Guide.

State law Section 681.001(2) defines a disability as a condition in which a person has:

  • mobility problems that substantially impair the person's ability to ambulate;
  • visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting lenses; or
  • visual acuity of more than 20/200 but with a limited field of vision in which the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle of 20 degrees or less.

Mobility problems can be caused by:

  • Lung disease
  • Cardiac condition
  • Foot disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Confinement to a wheelchair
  • Cannot walk without a brace, cane, or crutch

Types

  • A person with a temporary disability may receive one or two placards. Temporary placards are valid for six months. Cost is $5.00 each.
  • A person with a permanent disability may receive two placards or a set of plates and a placard. Permanent placards are valid for four years.

Options

In-Person

Come to our office to apply for disabled placards and/or disabled license plates.

Bring:

Four of our five locations offer drive-through service.

Locations

On Behalf Of A Disabled Person

A family member or friend can apply for a disabled placard on behalf of a disabled person.

Bring:

Institutions

Come to our office to apply for disabled placards and/or disabled license plates.

Bring:

Mail

Applications take 10 - 14 business days to process.

Enclose:
Mail to:

Travis County Tax Office
PO Box 149326
Austin, TX 78714-9326

Renewals

Temporary Placard Renewal

Submit:

Permanent Plate or Placard Renewal

Submit:
  • New application
  • A new presecription is not required
A person applying for Disabled Veteran plates may also get one placard for each set of plates. A vehicle displaying Disabled Veteran license plates can park in any disabled parking space except Federal property.

Disabled Veteran License Plates

Qualifications

  • Texas resident
  • Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Service-connected disability of at least 50% or at least 40% due to the amputation of a lower extremity

How To Apply

  • Complete Application for Disabled Veteran License Plates (VTR-615)
  • Bring in a letter from the Veterans Administration showing the service-connected disability of at least 50% or at least 40% due to the amputation of a lower extremity

Fees

  • First set of Disabled Veteran plates are $3.00
  • You may apply for additional sets of Disabled Veteran plates for each vehicle that you own. Annual registration and other applicable fees are required.

Can vehicles with Disabled Veteran license plates park in disabled accessible parking?

Vehicles displaying Disabled Veteran license plates have the same parking privileges as disabled plates. Disabled Veteran plates cannot park in disabled parking spaces on federal property unless the disabled veteran plate is displaying the ISA symbol or a disabled parking placard is displayed.

What can I do if disabled parking laws are not being enforced?

Contact the Constable Precinct 5 Disabled Parking Enforcement Program for assistance with enforcement.

Can I transfer my disabled license plates to a new vehicle?

Yes. Must have the disabled plate number, the vin or plate number for the vehicle, and valid ID. There will be a $1.00 transfer fee.

Can someone else come to the office to apply for a disabled placard or plate for me?

Yes, but he or she must have the Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Placard and/or License Plate (VTR-214) completed with the prescription from the doctor.