If you live in Florida, you know that parking can be scarce and tricky. In addition to that, the large lots and driveways can be a bit tricky if you have an injury or physical disability. For this reason, special parking spaces exist and are reserved for those who need them. To use them, you can qualify to receive a special handicap parking permit that enables disability parking.
Handicap Parking in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
To get a handicap parking permit, you must follow a line of paperwork to prove you qualify for use of these special parking spaces. To get approved for these spots from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FL-DHSMV, or colloquially, DMV), there are just a few things you need to do. First, you have to fill out a simple application. The form must be approved by a doctor and then submitted to the DMV. At Auto Tags of Florida, we are happy to guide you through this process so you can park comfortably.
Two Types of Handicap Parking Permits
The state can issue one of two types of permits to you. The first is a temporary plate and placard. The temporary permit is available for 6 months, and issued for those with conditions that will affect them for a relatively short period of time. The regular (or permanent) parking permit is for those with conditions will last longer that a year.
How Long Do Handicap Parking Permits Last?
The length of your temporary permit depends on the information given by the doctor who signed your application. Permanent permits last for approximately 4 years and will expire on your birthday. Permits for organizations expire on June 30th after 4 years of being issued.
Conditions that Qualify for a Permit
Which conditions are legally considered as disabilities by the DMV?
- Inability to walk without the assistance of a device or another person. If by using the device you are able to move without a severe limitation, you will not be eligible for this permit.
- Cardiac system conditions that limit your functioning significantly.
- Being legally blind and certified as such by an optometrist.
- Use of portable oxygen.
- Lung diseases that cause breathing restrictions.
- Orthopedic, arthritic or neurological conditions that limit your ability to walk.
- Having to use a wheelchair permanently.
Would you like help getting a handicap parking permit? Contact Auto Tags of Florida to get the process started today.
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