How to Apply for Handicap Parking Permit
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
HOW TO APPLY FOR A PARKING PERMIT OR LICENSE PLATES FOR PERSONS WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES
NYS DMV Website
Frequently Asked Questions
You are eligible for a special parking permit or license plates if you are a New York State resident who has one or more severe disabilities that impair your mobility. See Part 2 of the MV-664.1 (Application for a Parking Permit or License Plates, for Persons With Severe Disabilities) for a description of qualifying disabilities.
1) If you are applying for the Parking Permit: NOTE: DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES.
DMV does NOT issue Parking Permits:
(a) A parking permit may be issued for either a permanent or temporary disability.
(b) You do not have to be a driver, or the registered owner of a vehicle, to get a parking permit. Children who have a qualifying disability are eligible for permits at any age, as are persons who are legally blind. Permits are issued in the name of the person with the disability.
(c) Fill out Part 1 of the application (MV-664.l). Have your physician or podiatrist complete Part 2 of the application and return it to. The issuing agent may waive the need for medical certification if you have an obvious, visually identifiable disability (such as the loss of a leg) if you already: have license plates for persons with severe disabilities. Fill out Part 1 of the application and attach a copy of your registration to your application. If you have custom plates for persons with severe disabilities, bring a photo of your plate showing the wheelchair symbol.
(d) You must take your completed application to the issuing agent in the area where you live. Also, if you have a NYS driver license or an ID card issued by: NYS DMV bring it with you when you apply for the permit.
Brant Residents: Call your local city, town or village hall to find out where the nearest permit-issuing agent is located. Most city, town or village clerks, and some police departments, issue permits. Although most agents accept the MV-664.1, some have their own application form, and not all agents issue permits for temporary disabilities.
USING LICENSE PLATES AND PARKING PERMITS
? The plates and permits may be used to park in reserved parking spaces only when the person with the disability is driving or riding in the vehicle. People who are not disabled cannot use your parking permit and/or plates to park in a reserved space. Persons parking illegally in these spaces violate Section 1203-C(4) of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law and can be fined $50 to $75 for a first offense, and $75 to $150 for a second offense within two years. Municipalities can impose, higher fines. Any person who abuses any privilege, benefit, precedence or consideration arising from possession of the license plates or permit, may have them revoked.
? Parking permits should be hung from the rear-view mirror when, but should be removed from the mirror when driving.
? The plates and permits are valid everywhere in New York State where parking spaces are reserved for persons with disabilities (see NYC exception below). However, use of the plates or permit does not exempt you from state or local parking regulations or fees. They are also valid in most other states, territories and foreign countries. If you are traveling outside of New York, check with the police or Motor Vehicles agency where you are traveling, to be sure your permit or plate will be accepted.
? Parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities must be marked with conspicuous and permanently installed above-grade signs displaying the wheelchair symbol. These signs are positioned at a height of five to seven feet above the parking space surface. Designation of reserved spaces may include the use of blue painted lines or markings. Do not park in the striped access aisle next to spaces reserved for people with disabilities even if you have a permit or plates. Access aisles provide room for people with wheelchairs and other specially equipped vehicles to transfer safely to and from their vehicles.
? Localities designate parking spaces for persons with disabilities by local law or ordinance. If you have a question about parking for the disabled on a particular street, find out if it is a county, city, town, village or state road, and contact the authorities responsible for maintaining the road. If you have a question about reserved parking at any facility with off-street parking, contact the facility manager or the local building inspector.
PARKING IN NEW YORK CITY
? New York City does NOT set aside reserved spaces on its streets for persons with disabilities, and you cannot use the state parking permit or disabled license plates to park on the streets of NYC. Such parking is only available off-street, in parking lots for shopping centers/malls, office/apartment buildings and college campuses. You can use the state plates and permits to park in designated spaces in those off-street lots.
? The NYC Department of Transportation also issues a City Permit (a rectangular dashboard permit) that allows persons with severe disabilities to park on NYC streets. City permits are issued to New York City residents and to people who work or attend school in NYC, and who have a permanent disability that so severely affects their ability to walk that they require the use of a private automobile. The New York City Parking Permit is not valid for Parking outside of NYC. To obtain an application for a NYC permit, call (718) 433-3100.
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