A Guide To Disabled Parking In Nebraska

Dr Handicap - Nebraska

If you have a disability and are tired of not being able to find convenient parking when you leave the house, you should consider applying for a Nebraska disabled parking permit today. With a helpful placard in hand, you can have immediate access to disabled parking in Nebraska, which can make getting around so much easier for you. The application process is fairly simple, so here’s a breakdown of how to get a disabled parking permit in Nebraska.

  1. Determine your qualifying condition.

Your first step in getting a handicap placard should be to determine if you have a qualifying condition that the state of Nebraska recognizes as a disability. These certified medical conditions must limit your personal mobility in such a way that you’re unable to travel more than 200 feet without assistance (such as from a wheelchair, crutch, walker, prosthetic device, or any other kind of assistance). Some of these qualifying medical conditions include:

  • A severe visual or physical impairment
  • Severe respiratory problems
  • A Class III or Class IV cardiac condition
  • Loss of all (or substantially all) of the use of one or more limbs

These conditions can be temporary, so you have the option of applying for a temporary placard of three months or six months (depending on the length of your injury or illness). You may only apply for a renewal of one temporary placard after the first one expires. If your condition is permanent, you can apply for a permanent disabled parking permit in Nebraska. Each type of permit is available free of charge for disabled individuals.

Dr Handicap - medical certification

Image by Lelia Milaya on Reshot: Get your condition checked out by a physician for your medical certification.

  1. Get a medical certification.

In order for you to receive your Nebraska handicap parking permit, you’ll need to verify that you have a physical disability. To do this, you need a medical certification from a health care professional. A portion of your application must be completed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner. They need to check which disability you have on the form, as well as provide their address, phone number, and a signature. There’s also an online application where your medical professional can directly submit a request for a new or renewed permit if they don’t want to do it by paper.

If you don’t have a medical professional who can assist you with this part of your application, you can always use the services of Dr. Handicap. They can connect you virtually to a licensed physician in Nebraska who will help guide you through the process of requesting a disabled parking permit. This can be especially valuable for folks who have trouble making it to in-person doctor’s office visits or who live in rural areas.

  1. Submit your application.

Once you’ve downloaded the Nebraska handicap parking permit application from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website, you can fill it out accordingly (making sure to include your personal info like your address and date of birth, and sign it). As long as your medical professional has completed the medical certification portion of the form, you’re all set to submit it. You can mail the completed application form to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
Attn: Handicapped Parking Permits
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE 68509-4789

With your application, you must also include a form of identification. This can be a:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid state identification card
  • Valid certified birth certificate
  • Valid passport
  • Other valid, reliable form of identification containing your date of birth
  • Or a combination of valid, reliable forms containing your date of birth

Once your application is received and accepted, you’ll be sent your Nebraska disabled parking permit in the mail.

Dr Handicap - Nebraska bridge

Image by 10129 on Pixabay: Keep safe on Nebraska roads by abiding by all the rules of the state.

  1. Follow all disabled parking regulations.

In order to use your permit, you must make sure it’s always up to date. Permanent placards expire every sixth year on the last day of the month of your birthday. Both temporary and permanent placards need to be renewed when they expire by following the same application process you did initially (including completing the medical certification). Although you’ll have access to all designated handicap parking places, there are a few rules you’ll need to remember to follow.

First, the permit is only issued to you and is not transferable; this means that you cannot lend it out to anyone (including friends or family members). You’re only permitted to use it if you’re in the designated vehicle (either as a driver or as a passenger). You must also clearly display your placard from your rearview mirror when your vehicle is parked and remove it from the mirror when your car is in motion. Whenever you’re using your placard, you should have the receipt that came with the permit with you at all times in case you need to show it to parking officials or law enforcement. The authorities in charge of disabled parking in Nebraska take permit violations very seriously. If you’re convicted of a handicap parking infraction, you are subject to suspension of the permit for up to six months and possible costly fines.

There’s plenty of disabled parking in Nebraska. If you have a disability that affects your mobility, go through the application process today, so you can start getting more accessible parking options right away!

Featured image by Snapshot_Factory on Pixabay