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How to Get a Handicapped Parking Permit When You're Going Through Chemotherapy

You May Qualify for a Handicapped Parking Permit if Undergoing Chemotherapy

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Updated July 09, 2009

Many people undergoing cancer treatment, particularly chemotherapy, do not realize that they may be eligible to receive a temporary handicapped parking permit for their vehicles during the course of their treatment. The side effects of chemotherapy are plenty and can make a small trek across a parking lot to the hospital or pharmacy feel like mountain climbing. A handicapped parking permit allows for safe mobility.

How to Obtain a Handicapped Parking Permit

Obtaining a parking pass is a simple as having your doctor sign an application and submitting it to your state's motor vehicle department. Some states are more flexible than others when it comes to issuing parking permits to people with cancer. Regulations vary from state to state.

An application is necessary in every state to receive a handicapped parking permit. In most states, applications are available online or at state motor vehicle offices. Simply print out the application and bring it to your doctor's office for her signature and approval. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to receive the application back from your doctor, depending on her schedule.

Costs associated with a handicapped parking pass range from zero to about fifty dollars, depending on your state's fee schedule. In some states, there is no fee for low income individuals and senior citizens. Waivers may be available to some people.

Handicapped Parking Permit Information by State

The following websites will allow you to find information about how you can apply for a handicapped parking permit in your state.

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