Disability parking is not a privilege; it is a necessity for those who have medical conditions that restrict their movement. Disabled parking spaces are designed to give the impaired person the opportunity to use various public or private facilities that may be hard to access otherwise. In order to be able to use these spaces and facilities, you must have a disabled person (DP) parking placard or plates.
Depending on the nature of the disability, the California Department of Motor Vehicles may issue the following types of placards and plates:
- Permanent placards - issued if there is a permanent disability present. Valid for two years.
- Temporary placards - issued if there is a temporary disability present. Valid for up to six months.
- Travel placards for California residents. Valid for up to one month.
- Travel placards for nonresidents. Valid for up to three months.
In order for you to be eligible for a DP placard or plate, your doctor must certify that you have one of the following conditions:
- Heart or circulatory disease
- Lung disease
- A diagnosed disease that significantly limits your movement ability
- Specific visual problems
If you wish to apply for a DP placard, you must fill out the Application for Disabled Person Placard or Plates form (REG-195) and have your doctor sign it. You can either mail the application to the address provided on the form or you can make an appointment with the DMV and take it in personally. Applicants for thetemporary DP placard will also be required to submit a fee of $6. Application processing takes approximately two weeks.
You can obtain more information on the DP placards and the parking privileges they offer at the CA DMV website.
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