If you are temporarily or permanently disabled, you may have mobility problems that make it difficult or impossible to walk long distances. Being able to park closer to business and residential buildings is vital for individuals who suffer from severe physical handicaps. In such cases, getting a special parking permit or placard for the disabled is necessary. If you need a disability sticker for your vehicle, you must follow a procedure.
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Go down to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in your local area and speak with someone about what the requirements are for obtaining a handicapped or disability sticker. There may be different criteria for individual states, so you need to find out if you are eligible to get a disability sticker.
Decide whether you need a temporary or a permanent disability sticker. If, for example, you are suffering from physical injuries that make it difficult for you to walk far, you may be able to get a temporary sticker for 6 months. If your condition is serious and the likelihood is that your condition will be continual, such as having paralysis, COPD, a heart condition and the like, you will need a permanent disability sticker.
Get the application for your handicapped or disabled parking sticker at a local DMV office. If you are unable to get to a DMV, you can go your local DMV website and a downloadable application will be available.
Get written verification from your doctor that you have a physical condition that renders you temporarily or permanently handicapped or disabled. Every state requires a doctor or health care provider to complete specific paperwork that describes your condition in detail as proof of your handicap.
Be sure to provide the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of your vehicle, which must be provided to make sure that the sticker you receive is used for 1 specific vehicle. This is mainly to reduce fraud, such as when disabled stickers are stolen or abused by those who have not qualified for them. Never allow anyone else to use your sticker.
Pay the appropriate fee to process your application for the sticker. This may be necessary for some states, although there are states that do not require a fee once your eligibility has been proven. If you are unsure about whether you need to pay a fee, get more information at your local DMV.
Tips and warnings
- If you have a temporary disability sticker, be sure to reapply after 6 months if your physical condition has not improved.
- Remember that you are the only person who should be using your disability sticker.
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