In New Jersey, drivers who qualify can apply to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to obtain a handicap parking permit. Depending on the situation, the driver can seek a permanent or temporary permit (temporary permit applications are submitted to the Municipal Chief of Police). Here are the eligibility requirements and the basics of how the application process works and the penalties for misuse of a disabled parking permit.
A disabled plate or placard entitles the person to park in spaces specifically designated for persons with disabilities. Valid disability placards from Canada and other states are considered valid for use in New Jersey.
Generally, a person who transports a disabled person can also use a disabled placard. Of course, the person is authorized to use the disabled placard only while transported the person with the qualifying disability.
New Jersey law specifies the various conditions that qualify a person to receive a disability identification card and disabled license plate or disabled placard. Those who qualify include any person:
For permanent disabilities, the qualifying person can receive up to two disabled license plates for vehicles he or she owns.
A person can apply for a temporary disability parking permit if he or she:
As with a permanent disability, the applicant must submit a certification from a physician, podiatrist, chiropractic physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner to be eligible for the permit.
Permanent disability placards expire and must be renewed after 36 months. Temporary permits expire after six months and can be renewed once for a second six-month period.
Misuse or unauthorized use of a disabled placard can lead to placard revocation and can be prosecuted as a crime of the fourth degree. A conviction carries up to $10,000 in fines and a maximum of 18 months in jail.
To learn more about or obtain an application for a disability parking permit or placard, go to the Motor Vehicle Commission website.