How to Get a Nevada Handicap Placard (and Who’s Eligible)

Nevada offers temporary, moderate, and permanent handicap placards for people with varying degrees of disabilities.
Written by Joshua Levy
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Updated on Mar 23, 2023
Nevada offers three different types of handicap placards for people with different accessibility needs. While people with short-term disabilities can apply for temporary or moderate placards, only applicants with permanent disabilities will be considered for permanent placards.
People with disabilities often have a hard time driving and navigating heavily populated areas. To ensure equal access to public spaces and services for people with disabilities, every state offers placards and plates that give disabled drivers access to nearby parking. Of course, the rules and regulations surrounding handicap placards are also relatively strict.
Handicap placards make a huge difference for people with disabilities, but understanding how to apply for and secure a permit can be challenging. That’s why we've put together this quick guide with everything you need to know about Nevada handicap placards. 
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How to get a disabled parking placard or plate in Nevada

Nevada residents with disabilities can apply for one of three handicap placards: 
  • Temporaryplacard: Valid for up to six months
  • Moderate placard:  Valid for up to two years
  • Permanent placard: Valid for ten years
Each type of placard corresponds to the type of disability the driver lives with. For example, if someone was in a serious bike accident and broke their leg, they may qualify for a temporary or moderate placard. But they wouldn’t qualify for the Permanent placard because the disability isn’t permanent.
Only people with lifelong disabilities qualify for permanent placards in Nevada.

Who’s eligible for a disabled parking placard?

Eligibility for disabled parking placards in Nevada is fairly open to anyone who needs them, but you’ll need a licensed professional to certify your disability on the bottom half of your placard application. 
To be considered for a placard, applicants must meet one or more of the following conditions:
  • Cannot walk more than 200 feet without stopping
  • Cannot walk without a walking aid (wheelchair, crutch, brace, etc.)
  • Be impaired by a lung condition
  • Needs portable oxygen
  • Has a limiting cardiac condition
  • Has a visual disability
  • Has major arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic conditions that impair walking ability
Keep in mind that the licensed professional who certifies your form is also responsible for stating if your condition is permanent or temporary. That said, your healthcare professional is responsible for determining whether or not you need long-term disability parking or if it’s a condition that should be periodically reassessed.

How to apply

Applying for a Nevada handicap placard is a relatively easy task that you can complete by mail or in person. Unfortunately, Nevada does not currently have an online option for handicap placard applications. 
Here is everything you need to apply for a Nevada handicap placard:
While many states will also charge applicants a processing fee, the state of Nevada recognizes that handicap parking is a necessity for people with disabilities. As a result, there is no fee for submitting a Nevada handicap placard application. 
Once you’ve completed the
Application for Disabled Persons License Plates and/or Placards
and gotten it signed by a healthcare professional, you can submit it by mail, in person, or by fax. 
To submit it by mail or fax, send your papers to the address listed on the form or fax them to (775) 684-4797. If you’re planning to submit everything in person, simply make an appointment at your
local DMV

Renewing a disabled parking placard

Since temporary and moderate placards are intended for people with short-term disabilities, there is no option to renew them. Instead, people hoping to renew their temporary or moderate placards will need to submit a new application.
Alternatively, people withpermanent placards will be sent a renewal document as the expiration date on their placards gets closer. To renew the placard, applicants simply need to fill out and return the renewal document to a local DMV.
Key Takeaway You can apply for disabled parking in Nevada if you have a disability that limits your ability to walk, and the application is only a form that you can mail, fax, or hand into your local DMV.

Guidelines for veterans with disabilities

Disabled veterans in Nevada may apply for a
Disabled Veteran Plate
, which works in the place of a handicap placard. There is no renewal fee associated with Disabled Veteran Plates, but drivers will need to pay an initial $5 for the specialty plate. Additionally, there is no remote application option for disabled veteran plates. As a result, all applicants should make an appointment at their local DMV to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.
You’ll need to meet one or more of the following requirements to qualify for a Disabled Veteran Plate:
  • A 100% rated service-connected disability
  • Multiped service-connected disabilities that add up to at least a 100% rating
  • Any service-related disability considered or including a permanent disability
From there, the application process is identical to the non-veteran handicap placard application process. Simply fill out the
Application for Disabled Persons License Plates and/or Placards
form and submit it to your local DMV.
Key Takeaway Veterans with service-connected disabilities can qualify for a disabled veteran specialty plate for only $5.  

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