Everything you need to know Disability parking Permit

Are you looking for information on how to apply for a disability parking permit in New South Wales (NSW)? The Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) provides parking concessions to individuals with mobility disabilities, allowing them to access designated parking spaces and receive certain parking concessions. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of applying for, renewing, or replacing a disability parking permit in NSW

Eligibility for a Disability Parking Permit

To be eligible for a disability parking permit in NSW, you need to provide medical proof of your eligibility. The medical report must be obtained from a qualified medical doctor or specialist. The report should confirm that you have a medical condition or disability that affects your walking or vision. This could include a permanent or temporary loss of use of one or both legs, a physical condition that significantly affects your ability to walk, or being permanently blind. Individuals with intellectual, psychiatric, or cognitive impairments must meet at least one of the eligibility criteria mentioned above to be considered eligible for a permit.

Obtaining a Medical Report

To confirm your eligibility for a disability parking permit, you must schedule an appointment with a medical doctor or specialist. During the appointment, you will need to bring a Mobility Parking Scheme application form, which can be downloaded from the Service NSW website or collected from a service center. Your doctor will complete and sign the medical section of the form, providing the necessary medical evidence to support your application. It’s important to note that if your doctor determines that you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you will not be issued a permit.

Types of Disability Parking Permits

There are three types of disability parking permits available in NSW: individual permits, temporary permits, and organization permits.

Individual Permits

Individual permits are blue cards that are valid for five years and are issued to eligible individuals with permanent disabilities. These permits allow the holders to park in designated disability parking spaces and provide access to certain parking concessions.

Temporary Permits

Temporary permits are red cards that are valid for up to six months. They are issued to individuals with temporary disabilities, such as a leg injury. Temporary permits also grant parking privileges in designated disability parking spaces and offer parking concessions for the duration of the permit’s validity.

Organization Permits

Organization permits are available for entities that transport individuals with disabilities. These permits allow the organization’s vehicles to park in disability parking spaces while transporting eligible individuals.

Application Process in NSW for Disability Parking Permit

The application process for a disability parking permit in NSW is straightforward and can be completed online or through other methods. Follow these steps to apply for an individual or temporary permit:

  1. Online Application: Visit the Service NSW website and complete the online application form. Make sure to provide accurate personal details and upload the required documents.
  2. Download Application Form: Alternatively, you can download the application form from the Service NSW website, complete it, and submit it in person at a service center.
  3. In-person Application: Collect an application form from a service center, fill it out, and submit it in person.

When applying for an organization permit, different procedures apply. For more information on the application process for organization permits, refer to the relevant section on the Service NSW website.

Required Documents and Proof of Identity

When submitting your disability parking permit application, you will need to provide several documents and proof of identity. Ensure you have the following items ready:

  • Completed application form
  • Medical report from a qualified medical doctor or specialist
  • Proof of identity (e.g., driver’s license, passport)
  • Payment for the permit (unless eligible for a free permit)

If someone is applying on your behalf, they will also need to provide their proof of identity along with yours.

Photo and Exemption

Disability parking permits in NSW typically include a photo of the permit holder, similar to a driver’s license. However, certain exemptions may apply. If you are unable to attend a service center to have your photo taken, you may be eligible for a photo exemption. To request a photo exemption, you must include a letter requesting the exemption, a completed permit application form, and a supporting letter from your medical doctor. These documents should be sent to the address specified on the Service NSW website. If your request is approved, you will receive a letter of exemption that must be submitted along with your permit application.

Submitting Your Application

Before submitting your disability parking permit application, ensure that you have completed all the necessary sections of the application form, including your personal details and the medical report section. If applicable, attach a photo and a photo exemption letter. If payment is required, include it with the application. Submit the completed application in person at a service center or online through the Service NSW website. It’s important to note that you should not use disability parking places or concessions until your permit application has been approved. Approval typically takes around two weeks, and you will be notified by mail.

Displaying and Using Your Permit

Once your disability parking permit application has been approved, you will receive a NSW permit and an Australian disability parking permit. To use disability parking spaces in NSW, you must display both permits together. The permits allow you to park in designated disability parking spaces for the signposted time and provide concessions such as free parking or extended parking time in certain areas. Familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations regarding where, when, and how to use your permit by referring to the Service NSW website.

Ask ADACSS if you need further information

Applying for a disability parking permit in NSW is a straightforward process that requires providing medical proof of eligibility and completing the necessary application forms. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can obtain a permit that grants you access to designated disability parking spaces and parking concessions. Remember to adhere to all rules and regulations associated with using your permit to ensure its proper usage and prevent any misuse.