How to get a handicap parking permit in New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey handicapped parking sign with details of the penalty for offenders

New Jersey handicapped parking sign with details of the penalty for offenders

Who’s eligible?

A person is eligible if he or she

  • has lost the use of one or more limbs as a consequence of paralysis, amputation, or other permanent disability;
  • is severely and permanently disabled and cannot walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistive device;
  • suffers from lung disease to such an extent that the applicant’s forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for 1 second, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest;
  • has a cardiac condition to the extent that the applicant’s functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association;
  • is severely and permanently limited in the ability to walk because of an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition;
  • cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest; or
  • has a permanent sight impairment of both eyes as certified by the N.J. Commission of the Blind.
How to obtain a permit

Applicants must complete the application form (SP-41), which can then be dropped of at the local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agency or mailed to

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Special Plate Unit
PO Box 015
Trenton, NJ 08666-0015

 

Applications for temporary placards are available at any local police station or online. A qualified medical practitioner must certify that the applicant qualifies for a temporary placard. The completed form, along with a check or money order made payable to the Motor Vehicle Commission in the amount of $4.00, must be submitted in person to a municipal chief of police.

Fee

Permanent placards are free. Temporary placards are issued for a fee of $4.00.

Validity/expiration of placards/permits

Permanent placard holders must be medically recertified every three years. Temporary placards are valid for 6 months.

Renewing placards

Permanent placard holders must be medically recertified every three years. The recertification application may be dropped off at any local motor vehicle agency or mailed to

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Database Correction Unit
PO Box 141
Trenton, NJ 08666-0141

 

Permanent placards are renewed every 3 years, and renewal notices are mailed to the placard holders. Temporary placards are allowed a one-time six-month renewal.

Lost placard/replacement

Damaged, stolen, or lost placards may be replaced by visiting any MVC agency. If the applicant’s placard is

  • damaged, he or she must bring the damaged placard and his or her original “Person with a Disability Identification Card”;
  • lost, he or she must bring his or her original “Person with a Disability Identification Card”;
  • stolen, he or she must bring a copy of the police report, as well as his or her original “Person with a Disability Identification Card.”

If both the placard and “Person with a Disability Identification Card” are lost or stolen but not yet expired, it may be possible to reissue a new placard and identification card. The applicant must have a driver license or other form of identification, though, and a notarized statement or police report attesting to the loss or theft of the identification card and placard.

Where to hang the placard/permit

Placards must be displayed on the rear view mirror of the vehicle whenever it’s parked in a designated wheelchair symbol parking space. They must be removed when the vehicle is in motion.

Difficulty

Source URL

Wheelchair symbol plates and persons with a disability placards
Guide to Handicapped Parking
Instructional checklist 

 

Things You’ll Need

Applicable Fee: $4.00 for a temporary placard
Computer with Internet Access: Favorable but not mandatory
Physician Certificate: Physician to certify disability in the application form
Mail Original Documents: Original application to be submitted in person or by mail

 

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