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Handicap Parking Permits PA

January 25, 2022

If you have physical limitations that make you eligible for handicap parking, you can park in any of the designated parking spots across Pennsylvania with a handicap parking permit. In this article, we delve into who can apply and how to do so, as well as the types of handicap parking permits in PA.

Who Is Eligible for Handicap Parking in Pennsylvania?

Each state determines who can be issued with a disabled parking permit. The same applies in the state of Pennsylvania, which has its set of qualifying criteria. If you're a resident in PA, you may qualify for a disabled parking permit if you have any of the following qualifying conditions:

· You are blind.

· You lack complete use of an arm or both arms.

· You are unable to walk more than 200 meters without the need to stop and rest.

· You cannot walk without an assistive device like a crutch, wheelchair, cane, prosthetic device, brace, or help from another person.

· You are severely limited by lung disease to an extent where your forced expiratory volume (FEV) for a second is less than 1 liter when calculated by spirometry or your arterial oxygen tension (Pao2) measures below 60 mm/hg on room air during resting.

· You can't do without portable oxygen.

· You have a cardiac condition that results in functional limitations that are graded as Class III or IV in terms of severity. This is as per the criteria established by the American Heart Association.

· You have severe limitations in your ability to walk because of an orthopedic, neurological, or arthritic condition.

· You're in loco parentis of an individual suffering from any of the above-mentioned conditions.

· You're the parent of a child who satisfies any of the conditions stated above.

· You are a spouse to an individual who meets any of the above-listed conditions.

Pennsylvania allows different types of entities to certify your disability. If you satisfy any of the above-mentioned criteria, your type of disability must be substantiated by:

A Medical Practitioner

By definition, an authorized healthcare provider is a doctor, podiatrist, optometrist, doctor's assistant, or nurse who is board-certified. The medical practitioner may only verify disabilities within his or her field of practice. They should be certified or licensed in Pennsylvania or a bordering state like New Jersey, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware, or Maryland.

Law Enforcement Personnel

Police officers can only verify disabilities related to:

· Blindness

· Inability to walk without an assistive device like a crutch, cane, brace, wheelchair, prosthetic device, or help from another person

US Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office Administrator

This department is tasked with certifying the disabilities of veterans and whether or not they were connected to their time in the service.

Once you've determined whether you are eligible for a handicap parking permit in Pennsylvania, the next step is to figure out how to get one.

How Does One Get a Parking Permit in Pennsylvania?

The disabled parking permit is issued for use in a car that is being driven by the disabled person or on their behalf by another person. It can only be used when the disabled person is being ferried in the car.

To get the permit, the application form MV-145A must be duly completed by any one of these persons:

· The individual with a disability

· A healthcare practitioner

· A police officer

The form is then submitted to:

PennDOT Bureau of Motor Vehicles

PO Box 68268 Harrisburg, PA 17106-8268

How Much Does a Parking Permit Cost?

There are no fee charges for the permit.

How Long Are Parking Placards Valid?

The expiry dates differ based on the type of parking placard issued. Generally, there are four types of placards. These are:

· Persons With Disability Permanent Parking Placard: This placard is issued to you when your disability is confirmed by a healthcare practitioner as being a lasting disability. It is valid for up to five years.

· Severely Disabled Veteran Persons With Disability Parking Placard: This placard is issued to you when your disability is connected to your time spent in the service. It has to be confirmed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Administration Regional Office Administrator or the service unit in which you served. It is valid for up to five years.

· Persons With Disability Temporary Parking Placard: This type of placard is issued when your disability is temporary. It is valid for six months.

· Severely Disabled Veteran Motorcycle Decal: This registration plate is issued to veterans with a 100% service-related disability. It is valid for the entire period of the motorcycle's registration. It should always be displayed on the rear of the motorcycle at all times.

Renewing Placards

Permanent placards are subject to renewals on a yearly basis. This is done in March and September. You will receive a renewal notice in your email at least 60 days before the expiry date of the placard. If you don't receive a renewal form application, you should complete https://images.myparkingpermit.com/doc/Pennsylvania%20Form%20MV-145A.pdf

Temporary placards, however, might not be valid for renewal. If you need another temporary placard, you will have to be recertified again by a licensed medical doctor after the expiry date of your initial temporary placard.

Disability registration plates are renewed just the same way as regular registration plates. You will receive a renewal notice in your email at least 90 days before the expiry date.

How Long Does It Take to Receive my Placard?

It takes 8-10 weeks.

How Do I Get a Handicap Parking Space in Front of My House in PA?

While PennDOT issues disabled parking permits, authorization of these parking spaces in the community is not within its scope. As such, you must get in touch with your local municipality. Once you submit your application request, the local authorities can put up a signpost on the highway adjacent to your house informing other motorists that the spot is designated for an individual with a disability.


Disability can strike at any time. Fortunately, Pennsylvania has several types of disabled parking permits to cater to disabled persons.

With the placards, you can park your car for an additional hour longer than the legal parking timeframe allowed. You may even have a designated spot sanctioned by local authorities for parking your car in front of your residence.