Disabled person's parking spaces are a must in most public places. People who have difficulty walking long distances or other health problems are at a great disadvantage if there are no reserved parking spaces near public or private facilities. Currently, the Nevada state government is trying to eliminate this disadvantage by providing more disabled person's parking spaces and introducing new legislation aimed at preventing abuse of the system.
In order to be able to use disabled person's parking spaces and facilities, you must have handicapped license plates, a placard, motorcycle stickers, or an expedited service permit. Currently, the Nevada DMV issues the following types of license plates and placards, depending on the nature of the impairment:
- Temporary—red placards or motorcycle stickers. Valid for up to six months
- Moderate—blue placards or motorcycle stickers. Valid for up to two years
- Permanent—license plates, stickers, and blue placards. Valid for ten years
In order to qualify for handicapped license plates or placards, the patient must have one of the following conditions:
- Serious limitations to the ability to move. The person cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest, has some arthritic or neurological condition, or cannot walk without the assistance of others or without using various assistant devices
- Lung Disease
- Use of portable oxygen
- A cardiac condition to the extent that functional limitations are classified as a Class III or Class IV
- Specific visual problems
If you want to apply for a handicapped placard, you must fill out the application, have your doctor sign it, and mail it to the address provided on the form. You may also visit one of the DMV Full Service offices to apply.
If you wish to apply for handicapped license plates, you will need to fill out an application form (SP-27), have your doctor sign it, and take it to one of the DMV Full Service offices in person.
There are no extra fees for handicapped license plates. You only pay normal vehicle registration fees. Placards may be used in any vehicle, but the person whose name appears on the placard must be present.
You can obtain more information on placards and the parking privileges they offer at the Nevada DMV website.
Note: This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm all details directly with the NV DMV. You can visit the NV DMV website or call in for general drivers license and registration information.
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