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Determine whether you qualify as a disabled individual. Florida requires applicants to have a condition limiting their ability to walk/move around. Mobility problems are highly defined and classified into several sections.
The seven main categories of mobility problems include:
- Medical conditions requiring a brace, cane, crutch, or other assistive device.
- Wheelchair confinement
- Lung disease limiting arterial oxygen (a test is needed)
- Require portable oxygen.
- Cardiac deficiency (Class III or Class IV)
- Arthritis, neurological, or orthopedic conditions
- Legal blindness
The state of Florida requires disabled plates to contain an ISA symbol to be utilized for accessible parking spots.
To legally park, veterans must choose to (1) get a veteran license plate without the ISA and use a placard; (2) get a Florida handicap placard without any specialty license plate; (3) get a disabled license plate with the ISA symbol. Regardless of the choice, a new application is needed, along with a new signature from a doctor claiming disability. Having a Disabled Veteran license plate does not guarantee your ISA license plate.
There are two different applications for the varied choices. In all cases, a doctor or health care provider must complete the application or provide a prescription. On Handicappedparking.com, this has been made hassle-free, and we are happy to organize your application and help you make the best choice. If you are still deciding which option to choose, feel free to email [email protected]; we are more than happy to provide more details.
All states recognize DMV-issued accessible parking plates (with the ISA) or placards; however, each state has rules and regulations on where and how to park with a handicapped placard or ISA plate. It is always best to contact the authorities or DMV in the specific state you intend to visit to understand the exceptions fully. These could include parking in “time-limited” parking spots for unlimited amounts of time, not paying metered parking spots, what to do if there are no accessible parking spots, and if you can park in private lots.