How to Get a Handicap Parking Permit

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Step 1

Obtain an application to get a handicap parking permit. Most states offer applications for handicapped parking placards through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Get an application in person or head to your state DMV website to see if applications are available for download. Find your state's DMV website through listings at sites such as DMV.org, DMVnv.com or DMV-Department-Of-Motor-Vehicles.com.

Step 2

Complete the application for handicap signs. You'll be required to include such information as your Vehicle Identification Number, the type of disabled parking placard you're applying for, your contact information and physical description. Your doctor will also be required to fill out a portion of the application to certify your disability. Some states charge a handicap parking permit processing fee.

Step 3

Talk to your doctor about obtaining handicap parking signs. Your physician, podiatrist, chiropractor or ophthalmologist, for example, can help determine your eligibility and will be required to complete an eligibility certification to accompany your application. Be sure your doctor signifies if the condition is permanent since a temporary disabled parking sign is typically only valid for six months.

Step 4

Consider applying for a disabled license plate if you've got a permanent disability. Be aware, however, that most states will only issue one such license plate for your primary vehicle, so you'll need to use that vehicle at all times to legally park spots marked as disabled parking. A placard, on the other hand, can be used in another car if someone happens to be driving you to the doctor's office, for example.

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