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How to Obtain a Disabled Parking Permit in New York

Temporary or Permanent Placard

1.

Meet one of New York's qualifications for impaired vision, limited mobility or other qualifying condition. A temporary permit, valid for up to 6 months, may be issued to someone unable to walk without a cane, crutches, walker or other assistive device.

2.

Print the disabled permit parking application online and complete part 1 at the top of the form.

3.

Take the application to a licensed physician or other valid medical provider who can certify your condition. Get part 2 of the form completed and signed.

4.

Submit the application to your local issuing agent, usually the city, town or village clerk.

5.

Bring proof of New York State residency when applying for a permanent placard. Temporary permits are available to nonresidents.

6.

Hang the placard from the rearview mirror when parking in a parking space reserved for the disabled.

Disabled License Plates

1.

If you own a vehicle, have it registered in your name. An individual may only have one set of disabled license plates.

2.

Meet one of New York's qualifications for impaired vision, limited mobility or other qualifying condition.

3.

Print the disabled permit parking application online and complete part 1 at the top of the form.

4.

Take the application to a licensed physician or other valid medical provider who can certify your condition. Get part 2 of the form completed and signed.

5.

Submit the application to your local issuing agent, usually the city, town or village clerk. Bring proof of identity.

6.

Surrender your current vehicle license plates.

7.

Pay the license plate fee.

Tips and Warnings

  • You do not need to be the registered owner of a vehicle to apply for a disabled parking placard.
  • If you have an obvious disability, such as the loss of a foot or leg, a medical certification may be waived by the issuing agent.
  • You do not need to be a licensed driver to apply for a disabled parking permit. You may apply on behalf of a child with a disability.
  • Do not lend the parking permit to anyone. Misuse of a parking permit is subject to a fine and may result in the placard being confiscated.
  • Do not leave the placard hanging on your rearview mirror while driving.
  • Providing false information for the purpose of obtaining a disabled parking permit is a misdemeanor subject to fines.

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