A Guide To Disabled Parking In Nevada
For the millions of Americans with disabilities, accessibility is vital to their participation in and enjoyment of several of the aspects of everyday life – including transportation, employment, and leisure activities. The freedom to drive and park in accessible places is a big deal, and drivers in Nevada have a few options. If you’re a disabled driver in the Silver State, then here’s what you need to know about disabled parking in Nevada.
Disabled Parking Permit Requirements In Nevada
The law requires that a person must have at least one of these conditions to be eligible for a disabled parking permit in Nevada:
- The inability to walk 200 feet without halting
- Lung disease
- Use of portable oxygen
- Visually handicapped
- Inability to move without the use of a crutch, cane, wheelchair, or another assistive device
- Severely limited mobility due to an orthopedic, neurological, or arthritic condition
- A Class III or Class IV cardiac condition
How To Get A Disabled Parking Permit In Nevada
Dr. Handicap can help you obtain a doctor’s note, or you can have your regular physician provide documentation that allows you to fill out the Application for Disabled Persons License Plates/Placards paperwork, also called SP-27, available through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Once completed, the form can be mailed to the address listed, dropped off in person at your local DMV branch, or faxed. Nevada handicap parking placards are provided free of charge.
Nevada Disabled Parking Permit Options
Once you’ve secured a doctor’s note from Dr. Handicap as someone with a permanent disability, you have a few options for a disability parking placard that is valid to use for up to 10 years. If you have a moderate disability your placard is good for two years, and placards for a temporary disability are good for six months.
These placards allow you special parking privileges in spaces designated for disabled people, and permit you to park in disabled parking in Nevada whether you’re a passenger or the driver of the vehicle. Your local DMV can issue two placards for temporary and moderate disabilities.
Renewal Of A Nevada Disabled Parking Permit
If you have a temporary or moderate disabled parking permit and wish to renew it, then you must submit a new application each time you wish to renew. Each application must have a physician’s signature to certify your disability. You will not receive any reminders from the DMV that renewal is necessary, so be sure to keep track so you don’t end up with an expired placard.
If you have a permanent disability placard, then the Nevada DMV will mail you a notice of renewal. You will not need to have your disability recertified – just complete the top part of the form for disability placards in order to renew.
If you lose your Nevada handicap parking permit and need a replacement, contact your local DMV for more information. In Nevada, the DMV does not automatically replace any disability parking placard that has been stolen, lost, or damaged.
Using Your Disabled Parking Permit In Nevada
Once you receive your disabled parking placard, it must be clearly displayed on your rearview mirror when parked in a designated parking place. When displaying your disabled parking placard, you are entitled to park in handicap parking places. However, unlike in some states, a disabled parking permit in Nevada does not waive parking fees. If you park in a parking garage or at a parking meter, you are responsible for charges incurred while parking there. It is worth checking on options for disabled drivers if you’re traveling to another city – for example, Las Vegas provides four hours of free metered parking to those with disabilities.
If you are not a Nevada resident but have a disabled parking permit from another state, you can use your permit to legally avail of disabled parking in Nevada, as out-of-state permits and placards are recognized there.
Getting where you need to go with a disability has its own set of unique challenges, but Nevada wants to ensure it’s as easy as possible. The best thing you can do is contact Dr. Handicap for help completing the needed paperwork and then work with your local DMV to get the process rolling so you can access all the disabled parking in Nevada you need!