168.021 PLATES FOR PHYSICALLY DISABLED PERSONS.
Subdivision 1. Disability plates; application.
(a) When a motor vehicle registered under
, a motorcycle, a truck having a manufacturer's nominal rated capacity of
one ton and resembling a pickup truck, or a self-propelled recreational vehicle is owned or
primarily operated by a permanently physically disabled person or a custodial parent or guardian
of a permanently physically disabled minor, the owner may apply for and secure from the
commissioner (1) immediately, a temporary permit valid for 30 days if the applicant is eligible for
the disability plates issued under this section and (2) two disability plates with attached emblems,
one plate to be attached to the front, and one to the rear of the motor vehicle.
(b) The commissioner shall not issue more than one set of plates to any owner of a motor
vehicle at the same time unless all motor vehicles have been specifically modified for and are
used exclusively by a permanently physically disabled person.
(c) When the owner first applies for the disability plates, the owner must submit a medical
statement in a format approved by the commissioner under section
, or proof of physical
disability provided for in that section.
(d) No medical statement or proof of disability is required when an owner of a motor
vehicle applies for plates for one or more motor vehicles that are specially modified for and used
exclusively by permanently physically disabled persons.
(e) The owner of a motor vehicle may apply for and secure (i) immediately, a permit valid
for 30 days, if the applicant is eligible to receive the disability plates issued under this section, and
(ii) a set of disability plates for a motor vehicle if:
(1) the owner employs a permanently physically disabled person who would qualify for
disability plates under this section; and
(2) the owner furnishes the motor vehicle to the physically disabled person for the exclusive
use of that person in the course of employment.
Subd. 1a. Scope of privilege.
If a physically disabled person parks a motor vehicle
displaying the disability plates described in this section, or a permit valid for 30 days and issued
to an eligible person awaiting receipt of the disability plates described in this section, or any
person parks the motor vehicle for a physically disabled person, that person is entitled to park the
motor vehicle as provided in section
Subd. 2. Plate design; furnished by commissioner.
The commissioner shall design and
furnish two disability plates with attached emblems to each eligible owner. The emblem must
bear the internationally accepted wheelchair symbol, as designated in section
, approximately three inches square. The emblem must be large enough to be visible plainly
from a distance of 50 feet. An applicant eligible for disability plates shall pay the motor vehicle
registration fee authorized by sections
Subd. 2a. Plate transfer.
(a) When motor vehicle ownership is transferred, the owner of
the motor vehicle shall remove the disability plates. The buyer of the motor vehicle is entitled
to receive regular plates for the motor vehicle without further cost for the remainder of the
(b) Notwithstanding section
168.12, subdivision 1
, the disability plates may be transferred
to a replacement motor vehicle on notification to the commissioner. However, the disability
plates may not be transferred unless the replacement motor vehicle (1) is listed under section
168.012, subdivision 1
, and (2) is owned or primarily operated by the permanently physically
Subd. 2b. When not eligible.
On becoming ineligible for the disability plates, the owner of
the motor vehicle shall remove the disability plates. The owner may receive regular plates for the
motor vehicle without further cost for the remainder of the registration period.
Subd. 3. Penalties for unauthorized use of plates.
(a) A person who uses the disability
plates or permit provided under this section on a motor vehicle in violation of this section is guilty
of a misdemeanor, and is subject to a fine of $500. This subdivision does not preclude a person who
is not physically disabled from operating a motor vehicle bearing the disability plates or permit if:
(1) the person is the owner of the motor vehicle and permits its operation by a physically
(2) the person operates the motor vehicle with the consent of the owner who is physically
(3) the person is the owner of the motor vehicle, is the custodial parent or guardian of a
permanently physically disabled minor, and operates the motor vehicle to transport the minor.
(b) A driver who is not disabled is not entitled to the parking privileges provided in this
section and in section
unless parking the motor vehicle for a physically disabled person.
Subd. 4. Fees; disposition.
All fees collected from the sale of disability plates under this
section must be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the highway user tax distribution
Subd. 5. Definitions.
For the purposes of this section, the term "physically disabled person"
has the meaning given it in section
169.345, subdivision 2
Subd. 6. Driver's license law not affected.
This section must not be construed to revoke,
limit, or amend chapter 171.
Subd. 7.[Repealed, 1987 c 355 s 10
History: 1953 c 152 s 1-6; 1965 c 51 s 21; 1975 c 217 s 1; 1976 c 19 s 1,2; 1977 c 205 s 2;
1979 c 225 s 1; 1979 c 277 s 1-3; 1983 c 117 s 1; 1983 c 216 art 1 s 27; 1985 c 291 s 12; 1986 c
444; 1987 c 355 s 1-6; 1987 c 384 art 2 s 1; 1989 c 234 s 1,2; 1990 c 497 s 4; 1991 c 301 s 1;
1993 c 98 s 1-3; 1996 c 435 s 5; 1999 c 25 s 1; 1999 c 238 art 2 s 6; 2005 c 64 s 5