Driving with a Disability

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The Adversity of having a disability has been long recognized by the United States with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA has regulations and federal initiatives in place to provide barrier free access with extra rails, ramps, automated doors, closer parking with wider spaces to parking lots and buildings for easier admittance to anyone with a disability.

Disabled Status

An individual’s disabled status for parking is determined by a health care professional licensed and recognized by the state board to make that determination. Each state has a set of rules and conditions to qualify for that status. A disability can be considered temporary or indefinitely. The applicant’s state must have the proper documentation of the disability to qualify for “Disabled” status.

“Disabled” status entitles you to park in designated “Disabled” parking spaces. In some situations, parking privileges extend to time-limited parking to be unlimited and meter parking without payment. Click on your state after you read further to get more detailed information.

Qualifying

There are eligibility requirements for disabled status qualification with your local DMV. Disabled certification for parking permit is one application whereas disabled driver’s license would be a separate application. Qualifying for either would require an application to be filled out and signed by your state certified doctor.

There are two types of disabled status designations, temporary and indefinitely. Temporary determinations will be subject to expiration and reapplication if the affliction persists. Indefinitely would be a permanent certification.

There are a variety of health conditions and challenges that would entitle a “Disabled” to classification. Chronic illnesses like lung disease, arthritis and heart disease that cause extreme hardship to walk long distances would be candidates. The loss of limbs or an affliction that limits the use of limbs, mobility impaired needing the use of a brace, wheelchair or walker, even light sensitive diseases may be the qualifying diagnosis for disabled certification.  

Once the permit has been received, remember to keep your placard showing when parking. Keep this in mind, if you choose to park in a handicapped spot without showing handicapped signage clearly, you can be fined heavily.