Las Vegas is a very popular vacation destination. A lot of disabled permit holders visit Las Vegas every year, and many residents of Las Vegas have medical conditions that qualify them for a Nevada disabled parking permit.

So, what are the advantages of having a handicap permit in Las Vegas? Is handicap parking free in Vegas? And how can you apply for a Nevada disabled parking permit? Let’s look at the answers to all these questions and more.

Is Las Vegas Disabled-Friendly?

Las Vegas is one of the most wheelchair-accessible and disabled-friendly cities in the US. Public transport, hotels, restaurants, and amenities are all very accessible, and Las Vegas has a solid, user-friendly disabled parking program and infrastructure.

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Las Vegas Handicap Parking Enforcement Rules

Las Vegas has its own handicap parking enforcement rules and regulations. There are some important differences to be aware of between the Nevada disabled parking permit rules and the Las Vegas disabled parking rules.

Las Vegas has slightly more accommodating handicap parking rules than the rest of Nevada because Vegas allows free parking in metered on-street spaces for a limited time period, and Nevada, in general, does not.

Is Handicap Parking Free In Las Vegas?

Specifically designated handicap parking spaces are free to use for disabled permit holders in Las Vegas. These designated spaces are marked with the International Symbol of Access.

Where Can I Park For Free In Las Vegas?

You can park for free in designated disabled parking spaces in Las Vegas if you hold a disabled parking permit. Permit holders can also park in metered, on-street parking spaces for free for up to four hours in the city of Las Vegas. (Note that this does not apply throughout most of the rest of Nevada.)

When Do Disabled Permit Holders Need To Pay For Parking In Las Vegas?

Handicap permit holders need to pay for parking if they are parking in metered, on-street spaces for more than four hours. Also, some privately owned parking lots require handicap permit holders to pay a fee to use their parking lot.

Where Can Handicap Permit Holders Not Park In Las Vegas?

Disabled permit holders cannot park in a disabled parking space that is labeled “reserved for the exclusive use of side-loading wheelchair lift” if their vehicle is not equipped with a side-loading lift and does not display special plates or a placard.

Handicap permit holders also cannot park in any area that is designated “No Parking Allowed”, on an intersection, in a loading bay, or in front of or in a driveway.

Are Out-Of-State Disabled Parking Permits Valid In Las Vegas?

All out-of-state disabled parking permits are valid in Las Vegas. Also, parking permits from several other countries are valid in Las Vegas. These countries include:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • UK
  • EU
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

How Do I Get A Handicap Parking Permit In Nevada?

You can apply for a Nevada handicap parking permit by submitting an application to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. The application should be completed by a licensed Nevada medical professional and yourself.

The quickest and easiest way to have a consultation with a Nevada medical professional is to book a video consultation through a telemedicine online clinic.

Who Can Verify A Handicap Parking Application In Nevada?

The only types of Nevada medical professional who are qualified to verify an applicant for a Nevada disabled parking permit are:

  • Licensed physician
  • Advanced practice registered nurse
  • Physician assistant

One of these medical professionals will need to have a consultation with the applicant and fill in the bottom half of the application form.

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What Are The Qualifying Conditions For A Disabled Parking Permit In Nevada?

To get a Nevada handicap parking placard, you need to have one of the following qualifying medical conditions:

  • You cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to rest.
  • You cannot walk without the use of a brace, cane, crutch, wheelchair, or another device, or another person.
  • You are restricted by lung disease.
  • You use portable oxygen.
  • You have a cardiac condition that is classified as Class III or Class IV according to the American Heart Association.
  • You are visually handicapped.
  • You are severely limited in your ability to walk because of an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.

What Types of Disabled Parking Permits Are Available In Nevada?

The following types of handicap parking permits are available in Nevada:

  • Temporary disabled placard or motorcycle stickers – valid for up to six months
  • Moderate disabled placard or motorcycle stickers – valid for up to two years
  • Permanent disabled license plates, placard, or stickers – valid for ten years

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