Parking placards for individuals with a significant mobility limitation
Section 66-3-16 NMSA 1978 provides that a resident of New Mexico who has a "significant mobility limitation" may apply for and be issued no more than two parking placards for display upon a motor vehicle that is either registered to or is transporting the person with a significant mobility limitation.
A person with a significant mobility limitation is one who:
A parking placard may be permanent or temporary.
In the past, a permanent parking placard expired on the same date as the person's driver's license or identification card. However, Senate Bill 209 of the 2010 Legislative Session amended Sec. 66-3-16 NMSA 1978 to remove language linking the placard to the customerís driverís license or ID card.
As a result, effective June 7, 2010, every new permanent parking placard will now expire four years from the date it was issued (PQU#115).
Once approved for use of a permanent placard, the individual is not required to furnish further medical information.
A temporary placard may be issued for up to one year based on a physician's statement attesting to a temporary significant mobility limitation.
A current NM DL or ID is no longer required
Because a parking placard is no longer tied by statute to the individual's driver's license or ID, a current NM DL or ID is no longer required for issuance of a placard.
Proof of New Mexico residency is not required
Section 66-3-16 limits availability of New Mexico parking placards to residents of New Mexico. However, we do not require separate proof of New Mexico residency for issuance of a parking placard. The applicant's New Mexico address on the Certificate of Eligibility for Parking Placard (MVD-10383) is sufficient.
Required characteristics of parking placards
Section 66-3-16 requires that parking placards have the following characteristics:
MVD changed over to the current photo placard format in June, 2008 (PQU#59rev2).
Placards Issued by Other Jurisdictions
A parking placard issued to a person with a significant mobility limitation by another state or foreign jurisdiction shall be honored until the parking placard holder establishes residency in New Mexico.