Wyoming is a state that’s packed with majestic natural wonders. Within its linear borders are several national parks, the most famous of which is Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming also contains vast open plains and a large chunk of the Rocky Mountain range.
With all of these natural wonders to visit, how does a disabled driver get around? And with so many people from out of state wanting to visit this most beautiful part of the country, what rights do out-of state-disabled placard holders have in Wyoming? Does the Wyoming disabled parking program differ from the programs in the surrounding states and the nation at large?
In this article, we will discuss who needs to get a parking permit in the Equality State, who qualifies, and how to navigate the application process.
Here is how to get a disabled parking permit in Wyoming.
Types of Wyoming Disabled Parking Permit
Several types of disabled parking permit are offered in Wyoming. Depending on a person’s circumstances, they can get a temporary placard, a permanent placard, a permanent license plate, or a permanent Disabled Veterans license plate.
Permits for temporary disabled parking in Wyoming are valid for six months and can be renewed only once. Permanent placards are valid for one year or more. Permanent placard holders will be sent notice by post when they need to renew their placard. Disabled license plates and Disabled Veterans plates are renewed when the vehicle registration is renewed.
All of these different types of disabled parking permit in Wyoming afford their owners the same rights in the state of Wyoming.
Out-of-State Disabled Permits in Wyoming
Out-of-state drivers who want to visit Wyoming to explore its capital city Cheyenne or take in the natural beauty of Yellowstone do not need to apply for a Wyoming handicap parking permit. Wyoming recognizes all out-of-state disabled permits and allows holders of these permits the same parking privileges that it allows its own citizens.
Disabled Drivers’ Rights in Wyoming
A Wyoming disabled parking permit, or an out-of-state disabled permit, allows a person to park in any designated handicap parking space in the state. Cheyenne and the other large urban centers in the state all have plenty of handicap parking spaces. There are also ample disabled parking spaces in and around Wyoming’s areas of natural beauty.
Qualifying Conditions for Disabled Parking in Wyoming
A person applying for a disabled parking permit in Wyoming must be verified by a registered physician in the state. The physician will need to fill in a section of the application form confirming that the applicant has one or more of the following disabilities:
- The person cannot walk 200 feet without needing to stop for rest
- They cannot walk without the aid of another person, a cane, a brace, a crutch, a prosthetic device, or a wheelchair
- They have a lung disease to the extent that their forced expiratory volume for 1 second when measured by spirometry is less than 1 liter or their arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg at rest; they use a portable oxygen tank
- They have a heart condition classified as class III or IV by the American Heart Association
- They have a neurological, arthritic, or orthopedic condition
- They have a visual or auditory impairment that limits their mobility.
How to Get a Disabled Parking Permit in Wyoming
To apply for a Wyoming handicap parking permit, a person must download an application form, fill it in, have a physician fill in the relevant section, and then submit it to the WYDOT – either in person at a local WY driver exam office, or by mail to:
WYDOT – Driver Services
Driver Review Section
5300 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Disabled Veterans can apply for DV plates by submitting a military plate application form.
To apply for permanent plates or DV plates, a person must submit their application form along with any necessary fee to their local Wyoming county treasurer’s office. Organizations that transport disabled people in the state of Wyoming, such as care centers and nursing homes, can apply for organization disabled parking permits.
Renewing an Expired Disabled Parking Permit in Wyoming
Temporary placards are valid for six months and can be renewed only once. To renew a temporary placard, a new application form must be submitted that includes new certification from a registered physician.
Permanent placards are renewed by submitting an application form without a new medical certification. Disabled plates and Veterans plates are renewed when the vehicle’s registration is renewed.