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sandy26289

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My wife has Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis and Atrial Fib. Some days are good, others she has limited mobility and heart problems. I was reading somewhere and can't remember to get her handicapped hanging tag copied or registered or something to prove her doctor's diagnosis of limited mobility. Does anyone know anything about this? We leave on a trip in Sept. Sandy

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Dr. must fill out state form here that goes to department of licensing.


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does she have a handicap placard, or do you need to get one or what? The doctor will give you the paperwork to take to the DMV and they will give you the card with proof of why you need it.

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Above are correct for Colorado. It is ILLEGAL here to use a copy. If you lose the one given to you by the DMV, you must get a new one from them.


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enblethen wrote:

Dr. must fill out state form here that goes to department of licensing.


I too am from Washington State. Each state is different but as enblethen says (In Washington) your wife's doctor must fill out a form. You take the form to the Department of Motor Vehicles and they issue the placards or special license plate. In Washington State you are allowed two placards.

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Chuck&Gail wrote:

Above are correct for Colorado. It is ILLEGAL here to use a copy. If you lose the one given to you by the DMV, you must get a new one from them.


Althought this is true for most states, true in California, I have made a color photocopy shruck to wallet size with the placard on the front and the documentation on the back. I also have a full size photocopy in the glove compartment of every car.

I have used the copy when requesting special services, like not having to stand in long lines, even at the airport. If I need to use a designated parking spot and I don't have my placard I have left the copy on the dash in clear sight. To date, for the last 5 years, I have not had a problem.

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Go to this site:

http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/vehicle/plates/handicapped/

It has all of the info you are asking for.

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In Florida, get your physician to give you a prescription for a handicap sticker. Take it to a tag place and they will issue you a handicap sticker goog for three years. At no charge.


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you can take your hang tag with you and use it in whatever vehicle you're in. We use ours from FL all over the US in our toad.


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So are you saying that you have hanidcap licese on your sedan, and now want to be able to park your motorhome or other RV in a handicap parking space, or perahps take a towed car, or use your truck to park in a handicap space?

One option is to drop off your wife in front of whatever store you are going to, and then go park someplace in the middle of the lot, unless you are able to get a hanging handicap card in time.

The best option is a hanging card that you can hang on your rear view mirror. It will not help in parking a 30' motorhome in a 20' car parking spot, but can be used to park a motorhome in 2 metered spaces for free, and also offers a discount for getting into a Federal National Park, or 50% off some camping areas.

In my state, you need to have a doctor certify that you need assistance of some sort, unless you are a amputee, and the DMV workers can see it is true. In the case of a leg amputee, in California, you can self certify, and show up to verify. Or have a doctor's note, and mail it in, or show up for the card in person.

IN your case, because you want to take a trip very soon, I would suggest getting a hang tag by going to your local DMV, ask for the form, then go to your wife's doctor, have it filled out, and signed by a doctor, and then take it back for a new hang tag that allows parking in any handicap spot, as well as free parking at metered locations, and in a green zone you are exepmt from the time limit. So 20 minutes becomes all day!

Yet a yellow zone is not for handicap parking, and if it is a yellow 20 minute zone, you are only allowed to park 20 minutes if you have commercial plates that allow parking in a commercial loading zone.

I hope this explains everything!

Fred.

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