An individual who wants to apply for a disabled parking permit or license plate is required to have a doctor or medical professional complete a section of the application, according to the DMV. Temporarily or permanently disabled individuals can apply for a permit at their local DMV office.
State-specific forms must be completed and submitted at the local DMV office, notes the DMV. Depending on the state, an individual can apply in person, by mail or by fax. Several disability placards are available: temporary permits lasting one week, temporary placards, long-term permits and long-term license plates.
Once the applicant has completed the disability parking permit application, he needs to include payment before submitting it. Some states do not charge a fee for placards; however, they charge a minimal fee for license plates, says the DMV. The applicant needs to determine the fee structure, if any, for his state. When he has submitted his application, it undergoes review for approval. The length of time for application approval varies from state to state.
Each state varies in the medical requirements necessary to receive a disabled plate or placard. In some states, according to the DMV, qualifying medical conditions are: the inability to use your hands or legs, mental health problems, serious illness, stroke, circulatory disease or an inability to walk more than two blocks without resting.