Many claimants suffer from a short-term or partial disability and do not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because they can work some type of job, but they find it difficult to move or walk long distances. Recently on our disability forum an SSDI applicant asked, “If I am denied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can I still get a handicapped parking permit?”
Who qualifies for a handicapped parking permit?
States have different requirements for obtaining a handicapped parking permit, but in general, states will require you to have impaired mobility due to the lack of functional use of both of your hands, your lower extremities or a diagnosed health condition which interferes with your ability to ambulate. You also can get a handicapped parking permit if you have to use a walking device to ambulate.
How do I get a handicapped parking permit?
Handicapped parking permits are regulated by the Department of Public Safety in each state. In California, for instance, you will need to complete the Application for Disabled Person Placard or Plates (REG 195) (PDF) and have your surgeon, chiropractor, physician’s assistance, nurse, or doctor sign the Doctor’s Certification section of the REG 195. California also requires fees to paid, the current license plate to be surrendered and registration to be submitted.
Some applicants will not need a medical certification. For instance, if you have lost a lower extremity or both of your hands you may simply appear in person and complete the appropriate forms.
Keep in mind, there are different types of handicap parking permits: temporary parking permits for temporary disabilities, permanent handicap parking permits, travel handicap parking permit for instate residents who currently have a permanent DP parking placard or DP or DV license plates and travel handicap parking permits for nonresidents who plan to travel within the state.
Handicap parking permit for Disabled Veterans
Disabled Veterans with a 100% Disability Rating may be eligible for Disabled Veterans License Plates, which exempts you from payment of the vehicle registration and license fees.
Denied SSDI can I get a handicap parking permit
Yes, as mentioned above, you may have difficulty ambulating but still be able to perform work. If this is the case you may have been denied SSDI benefits but you still need a handicap parking permit. If you need a permit, talk to your doctor. Do not wait for them to bring it up. They are busy and they may not think about it, but most doctors are willing to sign the application form if they believe you are eligible.
Hiring a disability lawyer
If you have applied for SSDI benefits and you have been denied, a disability lawyer may be able to help. It is not unusual for up to 70% of first time SSDI and SSI applicants to be denied disability benefits. Disability lawyers can review your case and determine if you have a chance to win on appeal.