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Obtaining a Handicapped Parking Permit

Updated on December 4, 2011

Handicap Parking Permit


Handicapped Parking Sticker

If you are elderly, sick or disabled handicapped parking permist are available for you at your local Driver's Liscense Bureau or tax Collector's Office. You will need several items to obtain the permit and it is wise you do as the fine for parking in a handicapped parking space without a permit is $250 and you car can be towed and impounded.

First, you must go to either the tax collector's office or the Driver's liscense bureau to obtain a form for your doctor to declare you disabled.

Second, you must return the form completed to the appropriate office.

Third, you have to wait for the clerks to create an account or attach the parking permit to your liscense. In my case, my son is disabled with Autism so the parking permit is only good when he is in the car. I am quite glad too because I would not want a benefit to go to a non-disabled person such as myself.

It took about a week for me to get the form, have the doctor fill it out and then about an hour at the tax collector's offie and the permit was issued. It was free and easy and it has made all the difference in our lives. Before we would have to park far away from places in high traffic areas. I had to hold my son's hand pretty tight as cars sped by. I still hold my son's hand but not as tightly because things are more readily accessed.

In a time when one could literally complain about everything in government, I am here to report my personal gratitude for the efficiency in serving the disabled population with handicapped parking permits by my local government.

In the Event You See a Non-Handicapped Person Using a Handicapped Parking Permit

We live in Florida which is a tourist state and it is tourist season. Sadly, many tourists park where they want knowing they will not be around to attend court in the event they are ticket. Traffic offense rarely are enforced across state lines. So now that we have our handicapped parking permit after 11 years of not having one, my son is able to park closer to stores when a tourist is not parked in a handicapped parking space. If they are handicapped they would require their own decal sign to hand from the mirror. They don't have one and they still take the parking spaces. The state of Florida could and should make a fortune off of this. Every single person parking illegally can be held accountable for $250 fines, court fees and they could even impound their car.. I have gone so far as to take pictures of these vehicles without the handicapped parking permit on my cell phone and turn them into the cops. I have a whole collect of these photos now. I may actually post them on the internet. Not here of course but another site of the worst handicapped parking offenders. Because of the state of Florida is going to let them break the law then they should at least be held accountable for violating the law in a public forum. And I own the copyright ot every picture taken. So before anyone considers parking in a handicapped parking space because it is a terrible waste of space. Think again. I am out here with my child and those spaces legally belong to us. It is a moral, ethical and most of all legal offense to park in a handicapped parking space when you are an abled bodied person.

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      JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Levertis,

      Great timing. Today was a perfect example. I saw a person with limited mobility who park in a handicapped spot without displaying the tag. The DMV is so accommodating there is no reason not to comply. We are all human but it is the law.

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      We cannot always assume that some people are not handicapped or do not have a disability when their permits are not displayed. I have forgotten to display my temporary permit a few times. Some people have limited standing and walking abilities which may not be evident if they are not challenged. I, too, believe that some abled people park in handicapped slots and should not do this. It does limit some disabled individuals from enjoying normal functions.

      Useful hub!

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      H jabbo1,

      Your cell telephone cam recorder should do the trick. Just tape the perosn walking out of the car with thier liscense tag. I have done this as well and turned it into the cops. Cops are really strick about this when they are given the evidence. I have considered making a website of the biggest offenders. I have seen someone park in a handicapped parking place and then run into the store. I haven't gone that far yet but that day may dawn when I have to walk my autistic son a mile into the store while cars race through the parking lot.

      Good for you jabbo1. The disabled don't need to be ripped off for their handicapped parkin spaces.

      Great hearing from you!!


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      jabbo1 6 years ago from Iowa

      I don't think Iowa is so aggressive unfortunately! Oh believe me, my entire family knows how I feel about handicapped parking LOL I have been known to go into a store and report someone for not having a permit and parking in a handicapped space!

      I look forward to reading more of your hubs!

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi jabbo1,

      First it is wonderful you work with the disabled. Second in Florida if you are caught parking in a handicapped spot and you are not handicapped the police ticket you. I know because my son is disabled and I have told specifically the handicapped parking sticker is specific to him. The issuer told me if I am ever caught using it without my son in the car I would be held legally accountable. Perhaps you should share that information with your aunt. And the fines are quite steep.

      It took us 11 years to even ask for the handicapped parking permit as we didn't want to exploit the system. I get pretty outraged when I see perfectly able people using handicapped parking spaces. So I feel your pain.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and providing feedback.

      All My Best,


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      jabbo1 6 years ago from Iowa

      I think this is a wonderful thing. I have noticed however, that there are many people who misuse this service. I have a pet peeve about people misusing this service and acquiring it when they are clearly not disabled. My aunt use to drive my grandmother's car and kept using her disabled tag when she wasn't with her. I got after her about it! My pet peeve comes from working with the disabled and having to drive a van with a lift and seeing people parking there without a tag or that were not disabled. Alot of times, I would have to park way out in the lot to have enough room for the lift and wheelchairs.

      I think it is awesome that you have this service. There are GOOD things :-)

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      Jt Walters 6 years ago

      It is good when government takes care of their weakest populations.

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      ameliejan 6 years ago from Alicante, Spain

      This is very useful! My mum is disabled and has a permit, and without it her life would be much harder, I'm sure.