How to Renew a Disabled Parking Badge

By Michelle McFarland-McDaniels
Disabled parking badges must typically be renewed every few years.

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Disabled parking badges, identification cards, placards and stickers all have the same purpose--to identify individuals who have a temporary or permanent disability that affects their mobility. That disability makes him eligible to park in designated parking spaces for the handicapped or disabled. In some jurisdictions, disabled parking badges allow people with disabilities to park at certain parking meters free of charge as well. Even when issued to individuals who are considered permanently disabled, disabled parking badges typically must be renewed every few years or so.

Contact the agency that initially issued your disabled parking badge. Renewing the badge is generally a pretty simple and straightforward process. However, the process can be time-consuming and it's not uncommon for the rules to change. Ask the issuing agency, well in advance of your badge's expiration date, where you will need to go, what you will need to bring and who you will need to see in order to renew your disabled parking badge. Also, arrange to obtain any application forms or other paper you'll need in order to renew your badge.

Complete all application forms and other paperwork in a timely manner. Your physician will likely have to either fill out a form or submit a letter verifying your disabling condition. Arrange to obtain any necessary supporting documentation from your physician in a timely manner to avoid delays in processing your application for renewal.

Make photocopies of your documents. Always keep a copy of your documents for yourself. In fact, if you have access to a scanner, it would be ideal if you could scan all of your documents into a computer, while also keeping a hard copy in a separate file.

Return the documents in a timely manner. In some cases, you may have to return the documents in person to a local Department of Motor Vehicles office. However, in other cases, you may have to mail your materials to a specific location. If this is the case, mail them via a traceable method, such as Priority Mail with signature confirmation or Express Mail. If any fees are due, be sure to include them in the required form--check, money order or certified funds.

Wait to receive your disabled parking badge. In some instances, such as when you turn in an application for a temporary disabled parking placard in Illinois, you will receive your disabled parking credentials before you leave the facility. But in many cases, especially when you are renewing a permanent disabled parking badge, you will need to wait to receive your badge in the mail.

About the Author

Michelle McFarland-McDaniels has been writing professionally since 1983. She has written for a variety of online publications including BET.com and MSNBC.com, as well as "College Outlook" and "San Diego Family" magazines. McFarland-McDaniels holds master's degrees in African-American literature and education.

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