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Old 05-16-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I need a handicap parking placard. I know, you're thinking "OK, so get one". Well, it's not quite that easy. Here's the deal:

It's not for me. I'm the sole responsible party and acting power of attorney for a family member. I have her current placard, but it's expiring soon and it's really worn out. I'm solely responsible for providing all of her non-medical transportation on a regular basis. I need to be able to park with room to get her in and out of her wheelchair.

The state requires a doctor's written order for a placard. The DMV will not issue one without the order regardless of the circumstances. Her doctor won't issue the written order. I don't know why specifically since I have no direct access to her. I can only work through nurses, PA's and Social Workers from the state. My doctor won't place the order for me because I'm not the one who needs it.

So, once again, it looks like I'll need to hire an attorney to find a way to get something done. Why does it always have to be this way?
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:53 PM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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I need a handicap parking placard. Here's the deal: It's not for me.
Then YOU don't need a placard... do you?
That family member needs the placard...
and can use it for whatever car they may be driving in that day.

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The state requires a doctor's written order for a placard.
Her doctor won't issue the written order. I don't know why...
Probably something to do with how you're explaining it.
Try again and be clear that it's all in the other person's name.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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I know some states allow doctors to write one for family members who transport immediate family that is disabled. It might be doctor preference?
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:23 PM
 
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If you are the power of attorney (I assume for health care?), then call any one of her doctors and ask for assistance in obtaining one. Why are you not speaking with the doctor? You say you have legal permission to speak on her behalf.

Something doesn't sound right.... this is not rocket science.

How to Obtain a Disabled Parking Permit in North Carolina | eHow.com

Of course your own personal doctor cannot request one! You have to speak with HER doctor and request one, if they approve.

If her doctor refuses to write for one, there must be a reason. You have to have severe disability to be eligible for a parking permit. If she no longer has such a disability, maybe her doctor realizes she is no longer eligible. They are not for convenience, but they are for people with advanced heart failure, paralysis, end stage lung cancer etc... when you can barely walk short distances without much assistance/oxygen etc... There is much abuse of parking permits, so doctors are being more closely monitored to be sure they are not giving them out too freely.

Print out the form online, fill it out except for the doctor part. Call the doctor and ask if you can mail it/fax it to them - so they can fill out their part. Mail it back to you.

Of course you don't need to hire a lawyer for this.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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There is a form (please look on the DMV website or visit a DMV office).

Then give the form to the person that needs the placard and tell them their doctor must complete the form.

Then take the person with completed form to a DMV office and obtain the placard, it will be registered to the person that requires it. (think there is a small fee, maybe $5).

The person that requires the placard should maintain possession, but it can be used by anyone she is actually riding with.

My MIL had one for years, though she didn't own a car or drive (thankfully)
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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Of course you don't need to hire a lawyer for this.
But there are lawyers that would take their money to do this
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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I just read at an earlier thread that you are assisting someone with Huntington's disease.

I am very sorry to hear about this.

Just call her neurologist's office, and ask who can assist you with this. I would be shocked if some person wasn't decent enough to lend a hand. Just make it easy for them by providing the filled out form.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Just an FYI, here it is August, and still no placard. I pulled the form from the DMV website, filled it in as best I could, and then dropped it off at the nursing home in an envelope labeled with the doctor's name, and left instructions that they have the doctor fill in and sign where needed and send it to the DMV.

They neglected to include the payment for the fee, so DMV rejected it. No one has seen it since.

So, I re-did the form and once again left it for the doctor to fill in and sign, only this time I asked that it be returned to me so I can personally deliver it to the DMV. That was three weeks ago, and now no one knows where the form is and whether or not the doctor has filled it in and signed it.

So, once again, I'll bring over a copy of the form tomorrow and ask for it to be passed on to the doctor.

I did mention this to my attorney. He was stumped as to why this is so difficult and why DMV is being such a ball-buster on this.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:27 PM
 
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I don't understand why you're blaming the DMV. You haven't yet submitted a properly completed form with payment--they're just following the rules.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Superk: I would find out how to mail this directly to the physician and send it via certified mail, with a cover letter, explaining that you have POA and need this so you can transport your family member when she is in your charge.

Include a self addressed, stamped envelope for the doctor to return the form directly to you.

In addition, once you get the signed form back from the physician, you might consider making a copy of it and asking the Administrator of the facility to have it placed in your family members records.

There is one thing that I am wondering about . . . is it possible someone else in the family has already secured a handicapped parking permit for your family member and thus, the physician is not willing to give his permission to issue another one?
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