Anyone can get a disability and handicapped parking permit as long as you meet the requirements and have the proper documentation.
Where can I go to get a handicapped parking permit? And who can qualify?
In order to get a permit, you must go to your physician and ask them to fill out an application. Chiropractors, Optometrists (for sight only), Nurse practitioners, and physician assistants might be able to give you a permit too. It all depends on the state requirements. These application requirements will vary from state to state, so contact your local disabilities resource office or local department of motor vehicles (DMV). You must find out which government office is responsible for issuing and handling disability permits and placards. I would start by going to or calling your local DMV. If you would like to find out your local office, send your question to my contact page.
The physician will be able to qualify your disabilities and confirm you have mobility problems. Generally, here are a few of those qualifying disabilities:
- Someone with visible disabilities such as missing limbs.
- If you are legally blind.
- Unable to walk 200 feet.
- Neurological, arthritic or orthopedic conditions that limit your ability to walk.
- Requires the use of portable oxygen tanks
- Class III or IV Heart conditions
- Lung diseases that limit mobility.
You will be asked to fill out whether the handicap is temporary or permanent. With permanent handicaps, you will be required to renew every couple of years. With temporary handicaps, you must list the length of time required for rehabilitation.
You must not make any false statements about your disabilities. Only one handicap permit per person is allowed. If you have more than one handicapped vehicle in use, you must provide all the vehicles that will be using the permit. In some states, you are not required to have a driver’s license in order to obtain a handicapped permit. This means you don’t have to be the driver of the vehicle. Children with disabilities can get parking permit but the permits are issued in the name of the child. In other states such as Florida, you are required to have a driver’s license.
Companies and organizations who transport handicapped people on a daily basis can also qualify for a handicap permit. They are legally able to park in the areas that are designated as handicapped accessible parking. The organizations can get permits for every vehicle they use to transport disabled persons.
For those who are unsure if they qualify, go see your physician and explain your case. Don’t exert yourself just because you don’t think you need a parking permit.
Handicap and Disability Placards
Make sure not to leave these placards hanging on the window as you are driving. You can get a ticket for blocking front car window view. Get a disability placard holder that is easy to hook on a the rear view mirror but not too high if you are unable to raise your arms. There are other options such as placing the placard on your car visor.