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How to Get a Handicapped Parking Permit in New York

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Residents of New York who have qualifying disabilities can apply for either a permanent or temporary placard, a parking meter fee waiver, or a permanent license plate for their wheelchair van. To apply for an accessible parking permit, you’ll need medical documentation of your disability.

The state of New York has a few different types of permits people with disabilities can apply for. These permits include:


  • Temporary or Permanent Placard: These particular permits are issued by your town or city clerk’s office.
  • Metered Parking Waiver: There permits are also available from your local clerk’s office.
  • Disabled License Plate: To get a disabled license plate, you will need to go to a New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.

Before you can apply for a permit, it is important to know how the application process works. Since different types of permits are issued by different agencies, there are different application processes for each.

Disabled Placards

Because disabled placards are issued by your local clerk’s office, each office will have their own application process. Although, most offices will require the following:

  • Completed application for a parking permit or license plate for persons with severe disabilities (Form MV_664.1). This is for both temporary and permanent placards.
  • A doctor’s certification of your disability and signatures on your application.


Submit the complete application either by mail or in person at your local office. It is important to note that some agencies may charge a service or postage fee. Contact your local town/city clerk for more information about their specific process.

Parking Meter Fee Waiver

Similar to a disabled placard, parking meter fee waivers are also issued by your local clerk’s office. Each office will have specific requirements for their application process, but most will require you to submit a completed application for a Metered Parking Waiver for Persons with Severe Disabilities (Form MV-664.1MP), along with medical certification.

Disability License Plates

You can apply for disability license plates for your wheelchair van in person at any NY DMV office. To be eligible for disability license plates, the vehicle must be registered in your name. In addition, you will need:


  • Completed application for a Parking Permit or License Plates for Persons with Severe Disabilities (Form MV-664.1)
  • Vehicle registration information—current license plates in vehicle if currently registered or necessary vehicle registration documents if you are registering vehicle for the first time
  • Vehicle Registration/Title Application (Form MV-82)
  • Proof of your Identity—NY driver’s license, state-issued ID card, or a valid U.S. passport
  • Payment for fees
    • New license plate: $25
    • Other fees: Transaction fee (not renewing registration) $3.75
    • Registration renewal fees


At Bussani Mobility, we have resources to help you in all areas of enhancing your mobility. Give us a call or stop by, and we’ll do all we can to assist you.

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