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Persons with Disabilities plate and sticker

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*Please note there are different requirements depending upon plate choice. Be sure to review the specific information for each plate.
Who is eligible Qualified persons with disabilities.
Requirements A statement on letterhead stationary from someone licensed to practice medicine in Iowa or a contiguous state (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota) stating that the applicant is a person with a disability and that the disability is permanent. Persons licensed to practice medicine include physicians, chiropractors, podiatrists, physician assistants or advanced nurse practitioners. A parent or guardian of a disabled child may qualify if the child resides with them and submits a proof of residency form.

Stickers may be issued to an owner of a motor vehicle who is a person with a disability who does not want a persons with disabilities license plate. The sticker is placed on the license plate in the lower-right corner of the rear plate. The sticker can be placed on any type of regular, special or personalized license plate in the lower-right corner of the rear plate.

Plate requirements A statement on letterhead stationary from someone licensed to practice medicine in Iowa or a contiguous state (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota) stating that the applicant is a person with a disability and that the disability is permanent. Persons licensed to practice medicine include physicians, chiropractors, podiatrists, physician assistants or advanced nurse practitioners. A parent or guardian of a disabled child may qualify if the child resides with them and submits a proof of residency form.
Sticker requirements
Persons with Disabilities Sticker

Persons with disabilities plate stickers may be issued to an owner of a motor vehicle who is a person with a disability who does not want a persons with disabilities license plate. The sticker is placed on the license plate in the lower-right corner of the rear plate. The sticker can be placed on any type of regular, special or personalized license plate in the lower-right corner of the rear plate. To apply for a persons with disabilities sticker, a Special Plate Application must be completed.

Eligible vehicles Automobiles
Multipurpose vehicles
Sport utility vehicles
Vans
Motorcycles
Trucks
Motor homes
Trailers and travel trailers
Numbered plates
  • No initial or validation fee at time of renewal
  • Annual registration renewal fee

Numbered plates must be ordered through your county treasurer's office.

Personalized plates
  • $25 initial fee
  • $5 annual registration fee at time of renewal
  • Annual registration renewal fee

Personalized license plates may consist of up to five characters and numbers. All personalized plate choices must have at least two characters.

  • No punctuation marks are allowed.
  • No denoting a government agency (i.e., DOT).
  • No display of characters that are sexual in connotation.
  • No characters suggesting profane, obscene or inflammatory words or phrases, or those contrary to public policy.
  • No characters or words defined in dictionaries as a term of vulgarity, contempt, prejudice, hostility, insult, or racial or ethnic degradation.
  • No characters considered to be offensive.
  • No characters that conflict with the regular license numbering system.
  • Recognized as a swear word.
  • Reference to an illegal substance or criminal act.
  • Any foreign word falling in any of these categories.
  • No duplicate combination of characters.
  • No zeros.
How to apply Special Plate Application

Completed applications may be returned to your county treasurer's office or the following address.

Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9278
Des Moines, Iowa  50306-9278

Telephone: 515-237-3110
E-mail:  vehser@dot.iowa.gov

Your plates will be sent to your county treasurer's office and staff will notify you when your plates are available. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates.