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Disability plate

How can I apply for or renew a disability license plate?

What do I need to apply for a disability license plate?

To apply, complete the Application for a Disability License Plate and provide it to your licensed medical professional for their signature.

Once your licensed medical professional has signed it, mail it to the following address:

Michigan Department of State
Internal Services Section
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918-8264

You can also drop it off at a Secretary of State office.

Application for a Disability License Plate

What do I need to renew a disability license plate? (Choose tab below)

To renew online, you will need:

  • Your license plate number
  • The last four digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • A valid debit or credit card or bank account number for payment

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To renew by mail, you will need your:

  • Renewal notice
  • Return envelope included with your renewal notice
  • Check/money order payable to the State of Michigan

In addition to renewing your registration by mail, you can:

  • Change the address on your registration
  • Have the registration sent to a different mailing address

To renew at a self-service station, you will need:

  • Your license plate number
  • The last four digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • A valid debit/credit card (additional fees apply) or cash (at specific locations) for payment

A $3.95 service fee will be charged for each item transacted at a station.

Find a station

You can renew your disability plate online, by mail, or at a self-service station and don’t need to visit a Secretary of State office. If you’d like to renew your plate while completing another transaction at an office, you will need:

  • Your license plate number or renewal notice
  • Your current Michigan driver’s license
  • A valid debit/credit card, cash, money order, or check made payable to the State of Michigan for payment

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • A disability license plate includes an insignia indicating that the vehicle owner is legally allowed to park in spaces reserved for residents with a disability. The plate itself is permanent, but vehicle owners must renew the license plate tab every year, as is the case for all standard plates.

  • You may request a disability license plate if you or a member of your household has a qualifying disability, including:

    • Blindness
    • Any condition that is not expected to improve and significantly limits the ability to walk
    • Any condition that is not expected to improve and requires a wheelchair, walker, crutch, or other assistive device
  • You can convert any valid, unexpired license plate to a standard disability plate, free of charge. Additional fees apply for fundraising and personalized disability plates.

  • No, a disability plate doesn't qualify you for free parking. You must have a disability parking placard with a yellow free-parking sticker to park for free.

  • Yes, you may have both a disability parking placard and disability license plate at the same time. The disability placard allows you to drive or travel in vehicles without a disability license plate and still access disability parking spaces. You may use your disability placard in your own vehicle if you don’t have a disability license plate, but most people choose to apply for a plate because of the convenience.

  • A passenger vehicle, pickup, or van equipped with either permanently installed wheelchair lift equipment or permanently installed hand controls and owned by a person who uses a wheelchair or transports a wheelchair user in their household is eligible for a 50-percent reduction in the standard annual registration fee. Additional service fees, such as those for personalizing the plate or for purchasing and renewing a fundraising version, will still be due.

  • You can renew your disability plate by mail even without your renewal notice. To do so, submit the following information to our department in writing before your credential expires:

    • Your first, middle, and last name
    • Your Michigan driver’s license/ID number
    • Your license plate number
    • Your permanent address and alternative mailing address, if applicable
    • Your phone number
    • A money order or check made out to the State of Michigan for your renewal fee

    To determine what you owe for your renewal, see our Renewal Fee Calculator. Mail your information and payment to the following address:

    Michigan Department of State
    Internal Services Section
    P.O. Box 30764
    Lansing, MI 48918-8264

  • State law requires that a disability parking spot must only be used when the person with a disability is either driving or being transported in the vehicle.


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