How To Get A Disabled Parking Permit In California (Video)
Over 6.8% of Californian residents under the age of 65 suffer from some form of disability, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau
So, what are the benefits of having a disabled parking permit in California?
Aside from being able to park in the standard designated handicap parking spaces, you can also park:
– For free at metered parking spaces
– In green curb spaces with no time limit
– In areas designated for residents or merchants
The qualifying conditions for a disabled parking permit in California include:
– Severe lack of mobility due to a disorder or disease
– Low vision or blindness
– Significant restrictions caused by lung disease
– Loss of use of one or both hands and/or legs
– An inability to move without the assistance of a cane, walker or other mobility
You can apply for a disabled parking permit in person, by visiting a California Department of Motor Vehicles Office or by mail, using the Application for Disabled Person Placard or Plates form (REG 195), which you can find online.
To apply, you will need a medical certification by a licensed physician detailing your disability and payment for the placards (if applicable). Permanent and travel placards are free, however, temporary placards are $6. Disabled licence plates are also free but will incur some vehicle registration fees.
Anything else you need to know?
– A handicap placard must be displayed on your rearview mirror when parked at a handicap sign and removed when the vehicle is in motion
– Any violations or abuse of the handicap parking laws and privileges could result in fines, civil penalties or imprisonment
To see if you qualify for a disabled parking permit in California, apply for an evaluation with one of our doctors today!