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How do you apply for disability parking?

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To apply for disability parking, complete a disabled parking application and submit it to your state's department of motor vehicles along with any applicable fees and required documentation. The exact procedure varies depending on your state.

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The disabled parking application is typically available on the website of the state's department of motor vehicles, as of July 2015. The form should have a proof of disability section, which may require a health care provider’s completion and signature. The state may also require a prescription signed by the health care provider and submitted with the application.

The health care provider determines if your status qualifies as a disability. Conditions that qualify drivers for disability parking include limited ability to walk, any condition that requires the use of portable oxygen or a cardiovascular disease or condition that limits your heart function to class III or IV, according to the American Heart Association.

Permanent and temporary disability parking is available, depending on your condition. States typically allow you to apply for a placard, disabled parking plate or disabled parking decal. You may need to pay a fee, depending on which you choose. Frequent travelers may be able to apply for multiple placards, so they have one for their regular vehicle and one for vehicles they use while traveling.

If you have a permanent disability, you must renew your disability parking. Each state determines how often renewal occurs.

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