DMV: Qualifying Disabilities for Marker Plates or a Parking Permit for People with Severe Disabilities

Qualifying Disabilities for Plates or Parking Permits

SERVICE ADVISORY:  DMV offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  Offices will reopen on Friday, Nov. 27.


A qualifying disability is one or more of the following impairments, disabilities, or conditions that affect mobility and are permanent in nature:

  • Use of portable oxygen.
  • Legal blindness.
  • Limited use, or no use, of one or both legs.
  • Inability to walk 200 feet without stopping.
  • A neuro-muscular dysfunction that severely limits mobility.
  • A Class III or IV cardiac condition (American Heart Association standards).
  • Severe limitation in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.
  • Restriction because of lung disease to such an extent that forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg of room air at rest.

You must obtain certification of the disability from one of the following:

  • A licensed physician
  • A physician’s assistant
  • An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

For instances of blindness or legal blindness certification must come from one of the following:

  • A licensed optometrist
  • A licensed ophthalmologist
  • The Board of Services and Education for the Blind
NOTE: In lieu of certification, DMV will accept a VA disability certificate for blindness, amputation of legs or arms, or loss of use of legs or arms, traumatic brain injury, paraplegic and hemiplegic disabilities.


Making a false statement or giving false information on an application for a permit or plates is punishable under Connecticut statutes.

Content Last Modified on 7/29/2015 11:25:11 AM