What are the requirements to obtain a handicap parking permit?


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While the requirements for a handicapped parking permit vary by state, these permits are generally reserved for people with a chronic illness that limits their mobility. Common conditions include heart disease, lung disease, impaired mobility that requires the use of a cane, crutches or wheelchair or difficulty when walking. Some states also issue permits to patients who use oxygen or have a skin condition that limits their exposure to light.

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Applicants can typically pick up an application at their local Department of Motor Vehicles or print it from the department’s website. In most states, a doctor must complete a portion of the application certifying the applicant’s disability. Some states issue the permit at no cost to the applicant while others charge a small fee. The permit allows the patient to use reserved parking near the entrance of buildings.

Patients with questions about whether their condition qualifies for the permit should ask their doctor. If the doctor believes the patient's condition may improve over time, he has the option of recommending a temporary permit. Temporary permits typically expire after six months, but patients can reapply if necessary. Patients who are recovering from surgery that limits their mobility may benefit from a temporary permit.

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