What is a temporary disabled parking permit? How do you apply for a temporary placard? And how long does it take to get your placard once you have applied?

Today we’ll answer all these questions and more as we explore the topic of temporary disabled parking permits. Read on to find out what they are, who is eligible for one, and how you can get one in 2022.

Is Disabled Parking A Federal Law?

Yes, disabled parking is a federal law. Disabled parking rules and regulations that apply to all jurisdictions are contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

However, each jurisdiction in the US has its own disabled parking program. And while all programs adhere to ADA regulations, there are some differences between programs.

It’s important to understand the specific details of the disabled parking program in your home jurisdiction or in any place you plan to visit.

What Types Of Disabled Parking Permits Are Available In 2022?

All US states have versions of the following types of disabled parking permits:

  • Permanent disabled parking placard or license plate (for people with long-term or permanent disabilities)
  • Temporary disabled parking placard (for people with short-term disabilities)
  • Organizational disabled parking permits (for organizations that transport disabled people)
  • Disabled Veterans license plates (for people whose disabilities are partly military service-related)
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What Is A Temporary Disabled Parking Permit?

A temporary disabled parking permit is a placard available to people who have a temporary, rather than permanent, disability. A temporary disabled parking permit entitles its holder to use disabled parking infrastructure.

Who Is Eligible For A Temporary Disabled Parking Permit In 2022?

You will qualify for a temporary disabled parking permit in 2022 if you have a disability that curtails your mobility and is not expected to be long-term or permanent. Temporary permits are usually valid for six months only.

What Are The Qualifying Conditions For A Temporary Disabled Parking Permit In 2022?

A person will qualify for a temporary disabled parking permit in 2022 if they have:

  • Any temporary disability that prevents them from being able to walk 200 feet without needing to stop to rest
  • Any temporary disability that prevents them from being able to walk without the aid of an assistive device such as a crutch, cane, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or another person.

Common reasons people need a temporary disabled permit are:

  • Short-term injury to back or limbs
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Temporary legal blindness
  • Temporary cardiovascular disease

Who Can Certify An Application For A Temporary Disabled Parking Permit In 2022?

The following medical professionals can certify an application for a temporary disabled parking permit in most states:

  • Licensed physician
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Advanced practice nurse
  • Osteopath
  • Podiatrist

Where Should You Apply For A Temporary Disabled Parking Permit In 2022?

In most states, you should apply to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), or its alternative in your state, for a temporary disabled parking permit. You can do this by submitting an application form in person, by mail, or, in an increasing number of states, online.

How To Apply For A Temporary Disabled Parking Permit In 2022

So what does the temporary disabled parking permit application process involve? First, you will need to have a consultation with a state-licensed medical professional who will verify your temporary disability.

Once the medical professional has verified your disability, they will sign an application form for a temporary disabled parking permit. You should then complete the form and submit it to your local disabled parking authorities, usually at your local DMV or tax collector’s office.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Temporary Disability Placard?

Temporary disability placards usually take about two weeks to arrive. Once your application has been processed, the permit will be mailed to your home address.

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How Do I Know If My Disability Placard Is Permanent Or Temporary?

You can tell the difference between a temporary and a permanent disability placard by its color or by checking its expiration date.

Can You Renew A Temporary Disabled Parking Permit?

Yes, you can renew a temporary disabled parking permit in all states. To renew your temporary permit you will need to have a new consultation with a medical professional and get new certification.

Where Can You Use A Temporary Disabled Parking Permit In 2022?

Temporary disabled parking permits from all US states are valid in the following jurisdictions:

  • All US states
  • All US overseas territories
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • UK
  • EU
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

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