A Guide To Disabled Parking In Wyoming
Wyoming is known as the Equality State because it was the first state to give women the right to vote. They’ve continued their tradition of equality when it comes to access for those with mobility issues and parking. If you need to use a disabled parking permit to help you navigate the wide-open roads of this state, here’s what you need to know about disabled parking in Wyoming.
Who is Eligible for a Wyoming Disabled Parking Permit?
In Wyoming, you are qualified for a disabled parking permit if you meet one of these criteria:
- You use portable oxygen
- You cannot walk 200 feet without stopping
- You have a heart condition that limits your function
- You have severe audio or visual disability
- You have lung disease
- You need an assistive device such as a wheelchair, cane, brace, crutch, or prosthetic
- Your mobility is limited due to a neurological, orthopedic, or arthritic condition
The Different Types of Disability Passes
There are a few different types of Wyoming handicap parking permit. The state offers:
- Permanent Disability License Plates (the vehicle must be registered to the person with the disability)
- Disabled Veterans Plates (which again must be registered to the person with the disability)
- Permanent Disability Placards
- Temporary Disability Placards
If you are disabled and traveling in the state of Wyoming, then you do not need a Wyoming disabled parking permit to utilize disabled parking. Wyoming does recognize disability plates and placards from other all other states, so there’s no need to do anything special to make the state accessible in your vehicle – as long as your placard is displayed properly from your rearview mirror, you’re good to go!
How to Get a Disabled Parking Permit in Wyoming
The Wyoming Department of Transportation handles their disability parking placard and plate program. You simply need to get the “Application for Handicap Identification Placard” at your local DOT office or online, and then drop off the completed application to the office or mail it in. You will need a medical certificate to certify your disability on the application. This can be obtained from your doctor or from Dr. Handicap.
Wyoming Disabled Parking Permit Costs
In Wyoming handicap parking permits are free. If you prefer a disability license plate, then you must pay the standard registration fee associated with license plates for your vehicle.
If you are a disabled veteran and would like the disabled veteran plates, you must fill out the “Application for Military Related Plates” that’s available at the local DOT office. You will need proof from the VA that you have a service-related disability, but there are no registration fees for the plates. You can submit your application by mail.
Renewing Your Permit for Disabled Parking in Wyoming
If you have a temporary disability parking placard, it is valid for six months. The state allows you to renew it one time, but you’ll need to submit a new application along with medical certification of your qualifying condition.
If you have a permanent disability placard, it is good for a minimum of one year and up to 10 years. Before yours is set to expire, the state of Wyoming will mail a renewal application. You can return the application by mail or in person to your DOT office. If you do not receive a notice of renewal in the mail, then you can go to the DOT office in your area with your expired disability placard and fill out a new application. You do not need a medical certificate for this renewal.
With disability plates, you simply need to renew your car registration. No other action is needed.
How to Replace a Wyoming Handicap Parking Permit
Your disability placard may be stolen, lost, or damaged over the course of its use. If this is the case, you can contact the Wyoming Department of Transportation in order to get a replacement.
If you have a temporary placard that is lost, stolen, or damaged, you will need to complete the entire application process again.
How to Use your Wyoming Disabled Parking Permit
If you have a disability placard, it must be suspended from the rearview mirror in your vehicle when you park in a designated parking space. It must be easy to see from anyone outside of the vehicle looking in. If you happen not to have a rearview mirror, simply display it on the dashboard of our vehicle.
Where To Access Disabled Parking in Wyoming
With a disabled parking permit in Wyoming, you can park in any designated handicap parking space. Many cities offer free metered parking to those with disability placards, but you must check for the specific rules surrounding where you can park.
Keep in mind that your disability placard does not allow you to park in no-parking zones or zones set aside for specific vehicles, such as emergency vehicles.
If you need help with your Wyoming handicap parking permit, then contact Dr. Handicap today!
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