Primrose Gets a Disability Parking Placard

Artist: Robin Mead

If you have an invisible illness that makes walking difficult, don’t be afraid to get a disability parking placard. It can be a big help and is very easy to do! Primrose wanted to share her story and some good tips for others.

Primrose Gets a Disability Parking Placard

Here’s how I got my disability placard:

💮 I went to google and typed in the name of my state, plus the words “disability parking”. This brought me right to the right page quickly. It is on the page for the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state.

💮 There is a link to the form. I printed it out.

💮 To make things easier for my doctor, I filled in the basic information: my name, my contact info, my signature, my doctor’s name, my doctor’s contact info. Then I circled and put a big arrow to the spot where my doctor needed to check a box and sign.

💮 At my next appointment, I gave the form to my doctor. It took him just one minute to check the box and sign it.

💮 The form will have a short list of ways you can qualify. Your doctor picks the one that applies to you and checks that box. In my case, my doctor checked the box “Cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to rest.”

💮 The ways to qualify are different in each state, but “cannot walk more than 200 feet without resting” seems to be in most states. You can look at the form yourself and see which one you think you will qualify for. Here’s a sample form: Alabama Disability Parking

💮 My doctor handed me back the form. I put it in an envelop and mailed it.

💮 Some states have a small fee (like $5) for the placard and some states are free. If you want license plates, it costs a little more.

💮 Some states allow chiropractors, nurses, or other kinds of medical practitioners to sign this form.

A few weeks later, I got my placard in the mail. Yay!

Kristine Gets a Parking Placard

In my state it is easy to get one!

I have mine and my husband gets a big kick out of it. I said if I were single I would post on Tinder: I come with handicapped parking!

It is so nice!!! Especially Wednesday the line to the grocery for parking was huge. I drove right in. Yippee! The one great benefit of which I will take advantage and enjoy!

Learn More

🌷 If you have ME or CFS please always remember: walking and physical activity can make your symptoms worse. Sometimes permanently. It’s important to pace yourself and never push beyond what your body can handle.

🌷 If your doctor won’t sign, you can ask another practitioner. Warning: If your doctor won’t sign this form, that is a huge red flag that this doctor may cause many heartaches and headaches for you in other ways. Please read Dandelion’s Story

🌷 Some cities offer free or discounted parking to people with handicap license placards. Inquire with your local transit authority. Here’s an example from Virginia.

🌷 Lots of tips and ideas for How to Get Help with Car Expenses if you have disabilities.

🌷 Lots of ways to get free or low-cost transportation for people with disabilities or chronic illness: Transportation for Spoonies

Samantha Uses Her Parking Placard

This lady saw my handicap license plate and said, “Well, you look perfectly normal to me!”

I turned to look at her and said, very seriously, “Maybe that’s part of the problem. You can’t see what’s lurking under my shell.”

The look on her face was priceless! I often have to remind myself that other people’s judgment or ignorance is their burden to bare, not mine. I walk in my shoes, so I’m going to make sure I’m comfortable.

~ Samantha Sue Sullivan

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7 thoughts on “Primrose Gets a Disability Parking Placard”

  1. I got my placard earlier this year, when some stuff made me really have to face the fact that I wasn’t getting better, so I might as well just try and live the best life I can.

    Ever the be-prepared type, I printed off three copies of the form, in case the first doctor took it, wouldn’t sign it, and wouldn’t give it back (I’ve had worse happen)

    I brought it to my neurologist and he was surprised I didn’t have one already! He was more than happy to sign it. His only comment past that was that it’s easier in our state (WI) than where he used to practice (TX).

    Now it’s a lifesaver. I can do things! Well, not usually, but sometimes.

    Our state also has it that if you have the placard, public metered spaces are free and time limits on public parking greater than 15 minutes don’t apply (except for 3 hour, for some reason) which I didn’t know before hand.


  2. I have been trying for 2 years to get my placard. My PCM won’t sign the form because she believes the diagnosing specialist should. I was diagnosed with FMS 12 years ago when I could still walk fine by a rheumatologist no longer in my network. No other rheumatologist in our area see FMS patients anymore and the neurologists in our area have not begun yet to learn about FMS and how to treat it.


  3. I have ME and am hoping to apply for a disability parking permit. But here in Florida this is the only limitation that seems to apply to me, “Severe limitation in a person’s ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.” Does neurological and orthopedic condition cover ME? I assume so, but because I’m on the sliding scale of ME and often am functional (but if I walk/exert too much physical effort I am 95% bedbound for several days) I’m afraid of getting in trouble for having a permit. ):


    1. Hi Jamie

      I’m not sure the answer to this. I think ME can be seen as a neurological impairment, but I’m not an expert in this area. It’s often referred to as a neuroimmune condition.

      Bottom line: either your doc is willing to check the box of they are not 🙂 That’s all that matters. You can bring the form to your doc and tell them you think you meet that criteria and see what they do.

      It’s very rare for a doc to refuse to sign this kind of form. If they do refuse, you can try someone else.

      Hope it goes great for you

      p.s. No, there is no there is no way you can get in trouble.


  4. This is one of my favorite blogs. Your posts give people what they need, and that is hope and concrete things they can use to improve their lives.

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