Qualifying Conditions For A Disabled Parking Placard In Iowa

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A disabled parking permit can be a game-changer for disabled drivers in Iowa. If you live in the Hawkeye State and suffer from a medical condition or disability that affects the way you drive, you may be eligible for a disabled parking permit. Today’s post will give you some in-depth info on the qualifying conditions for a disabled parking placard in Iowa, while also shedding some light on the application process in general. Let’s get started!

What are the qualifying conditions for a disabled parking placard in Iowa?

As with most US states, Iowa offers disabled parking permits for numerous long-term, serious medical conditions that affect drivers, as well as some short-term ailments (check out this blog post on Iowa disabled parking eligibility). If you suffer from one of the below medical conditions, you should seek the advice of your local Iowa licensed physician, as you will need their signature for your application form:

  • Your mobility is restricted, to the extent that you cannot walk more than 200ft without needing to take a break or risking falling
  • You have a severe lung or heart condition (Class 3 or 4)
  • Your mobility is impacted by a serious neurological, arthritic or orthopaedic condition
  • You require use of an oxygen tank, or an assistive physical support such as a brace, cane or wheelchair

There are numerous specific conditions within these broader categories that would allow for you to receive an Iowa state disabled parking permit.

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Those with lifelong disabilities will be able to avail of a permanent parking placard, which has no expiry date. Temporary placards (valid for six months) are available to those who have a relevant short-term medical condition. There are also certain placards available to organizations or groups that specialise in transporting disabled people. It’s always a good idea to discuss your medical condition with a licensed state physician if you think you meet the qualifying criteria, as they can advise on the best option for you.

Please note that having one of the above conditions does not automatically qualify you for disabled parking – you still need to obtain a permit to use specifically reserved disabled parking spaces. To avoid breaking disabled parking laws, it’s important to fully complete the application process and receive your parking placard before you occupy any disabled parking places.

How do I apply for a disabled parking permit in Iowa?

So, you’ve been to see an Iowa medical professional or had an online consultation to have your disability verified, and your physician is satisfied with approving your application. Next they will need to write you a signed statement to prove your eligibility for a permit. Finally, you will have to complete the Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Permit for Iowa Residents form. This can be found online, or you can collect it in person at your closest Office of Vehicle Services.

These two documents (and typically some form of official identification) must then be submitted in person to your local Department of Transportation Office, or by mail to the Office of Vehicle Services if you feel more comfortable with this option.

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It’s important to ensure you have all the necessary documents submitted and accurately completed to ensure your application goes as smoothly as possible. There is no fee associated with the application process for a disabled parking permit in Iowa (aside from the cost of your medical consultation, which Dr Handicap can help you organize via telemedicine!).

So, the final important question: how long does it take to get a disabled placard in Iowa? The good news is that if there is no problem with your application, you should receive your permit within 30 days.

How do I apply for a disabled parking permit in Iowa?

Hopefully by now you’re feeling more familiar with the application process for a disabled parking placard in Iowa, and the answer to the above question is much clearer! If you’re still unsure of how the process works, we have plenty of information available on our website to help you navigate it. Alternatively, please reach out to us directly, and we can help you to get started with your application right away.

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