If you are a disabled driver in the state of Tennessee, you are entitled to park in special spots, and also to park in metered spots without paying and without being subjected to time restrictions.
Types of permits
You can obtain special placards, license plates, and decals if you are a disabled driver in Tennessee.
Placards are available for drivers and passengers who have temporary or permanent disabilities.
Special license plates are available for drivers who are permanently disabled or hearing impaired.
Disabled veterans are also entitled to special licensed plates.
You are the only person who is entitled to use the placard or plate. You do not have to be the driver – it is sufficient that you are a disabled passenger.
If you are visiting the state of Tennessee, you do not have to have a special placard or plate if you are disabled. The state of Tennessee will recognize the plate or placard from your home state, and accord you the same rights and privileges as residents of Tennessee.
In Tennessee, you can apply for your placard or plate in person or by mail. Either way, you have to complete the Application for Disabled Person License Plate, Placard and/or Decal. Then, you must have the form signed and certified by your doctor, a nurse practitioner who is associated with a doctor, or a physician’s assistant. Tennessee differs from many other states in that you can also get certification from a practitioner of Christian Science, provided that he or she has a listing in the Christian Science Journal.
For a temporary placard, the fee is $10. For a permanent placard, the fee is $21.50, and you will also get a special plate if you have a registered vehicle. License plates alone cost $21.50 as well. Decals identifying you as disabled are free.
Disabled veteran plates
If you are a disabled veteran whose disability is 100% related to your military service, then you can obtain a special plate featuring the words “Disabled Veteran.” If your disability is not totally related to your military service, you can still get a handicapped veteran plate. This type of plate, though, will not allow you to used disabled parking spaces.
Hearing impaired plates
You can obtain a special plate provided that your hearing disability is verified by your doctor.
Disability plates and placards will expire, and have to be renewed.
- A permanent placard is good for two years.
- A disability plate is good for one year.
- A temporary placard is good for six months, but can only be renewed once.
A temporary placard costs $10, and a permanent placard costs $3. You can renew your plate by requesting a decal and paying a fee of $21.50.
Lost, stolen or damaged plates
If you lose your plate, it is stolen, or it is damaged to the point where it is no longer usable, you will have to re-apply and pay a fee of $2 to have it replaced.
As a disabled driver in the state of Tennessee, you are entitled to certain rights and privileges, but you have to apply for them and provide the appropriate paperwork. The state does not know that you are disabled unless you tell them.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as Disabled Driver Laws and Permits in Tennessee and was authored by Valerie Johnston.