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.

How to Find Funding for a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

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Anyone who has purchased or has considered purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle knows they can cost more than a standard vehicle. Whether you’re looking for a New York BraunAbility MXV SUV or a wheelchair van, it’s important to know what financing options are available to you. Here we’ll discuss five financing options to help you get mobile.

OEM Rebate Programs
Original Equipment Manufacturers, or OEMs, will often offer rebate assistance to entice buyers to make a purchase. Looking for rebates from the manufacturer is a good resource, especially if you’re looking for ways to cut costs on your new mobility vehicle. Some rebates can be as much as $1,000. These rebates can provide shoppers with the economic boost necessary to get back on the road.

State Grants
Different states have different grant programs for people with disabilities looking for a mobility vehicle.  New York organizations that award disability grants include the New York DDPC, ACCES-VR, the OTDA, and many more.

PASS Program
Those on Social Security Disability Income (SSI), can and should take advantage of the PASS Program. The PASS Program stands for Plan to Achieve Self Success. This organization is designed to provide resources to help individuals reach a predetermined goal. An example might include setting a goal to buy a mobility vehicle for transportation to work or school. Through the program, the car payment would be paid every month.

Veterans Administration
Veterans and other qualified members of the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible for assistance with purchasing an adaptive vehicle or adaptive equipment through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Special Financing
Additionally, dealerships offer competitive rates and financing options for New York BraunAbilty MXV or mobility van purchases. These options often make purchasing a vehicle more affordable and will likely be a faster process that finding funding through an organization.

At Bussani Mobility, we want to help you get mobile quickly and at an affordable price. We have financing options available, or can help you find the resources you need to get financial assistance from a third-party organization. Call or stop by and we’ll help you sort it all out.