If you have a chronic illness like arthritis or lung disease that makes it painful or difficult to walk, you might qualify for a handicapped parking permit. Ask your doctor about eligibility. People with limited mobility can save time, energy, and frustration when they park in handicapped parking spots near the entrances to businesses.
Each state has its own forms and criteria for handicapped parking permits. Typically, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) runs the program. Check on your state’s specific process.
The DMV will need your doctor to verify your medical condition. Other health-care professionals – such as an optometrist, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner – may also be able to document your condition. If you’re visibly disabled and appear at a DMV office, the requirement of a physician’s certification might be waived in some states.
Check with your own state to find out the specific criteria regarding who qualifies for disabled parking. Common conditions include:
Substantially impaired mobility, for example, use of a wheelchair, brace, or cane
A disease that significantly limits your ability walk or to use your legs
Documented vision problems, including low-vision or partial sightedness
Loss of one or both legs or loss of both hands, or limited use of these parts