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Permanent Disabled Parking Placards are issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MCV). To obtain one, you need to bring a completed application (2 pages) into any local Motor Vehicle Office. The application is available on the NJ MCV website, or, for the convenience of our residents, we have placed a link to the permanent disabled parking placard application (PDF) on our website. There is no fee to obtain a permanent disabled parking placard and ID card, and they are issued by motor vehicle while you wait; however, if your application is not completed properly, issuance of your placard may be delayed until you supply whatever information NJ MCV tells you is needed to make your application complete.
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Applications for temporary disabled parking placards are available only from the Chief of Police. You can obtain such application from any police chief's office in the state of New Jersey; however, when applying for the placard, the completed application and a check or money order for $4 (no cash, no exceptions) must be brought to the police chief's office in the town where you reside. In addition, despite what you might be told, even by a NJ MVC employee, local Motor Vehicle Offices do not have the applications necessary to obtain a temporary disabled parking permit.
While they will give you an application, it will always be for a permanent placard, and if you bring it in to the police department to obtain a temporary disabled parking placard, your request will be denied and you will have to complete the proper application as described above (which includes going back to your doctor to have him complete his section of the application). Applications are available 24/7 at our Police Communications window, or you may call 973-208-6151 or emailing the Police and ask to have one mailed or emailed to you.
You need to complete the proper application and also have it completed by your doctor. Bring the completed application, along with your check or money order for $4 (payable to "NJ Motor Vehicle Commission," or "NJ MVC") (no cash, no exceptions) to police headquarters. If you want to wait for your temporary disabled permit to be issued, you must call first 973-208-6151) to be sure the Chief's Administrative Assistant will be present when you arrive. Otherwise, you may drop off your application and check (write your phone number on top of the application) and you will be contacted when your placard is ready. You can get further information at the Disabled Parking Permit page.
Permanent disabled parking placards are not issued by the Chief's Office. They are issued solely through the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. You must bring your completed application, a prescription from your doctor, and your driver's license into any New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Office, and your Permanent Disabled Parking Placard and Disabled Person ID Card will be issued while you wait, provided your application is completed properly.
The red placards are temporary and have a placard number beginning with "T." The blue placards are permanent and have a placard number beginning with "P." When displaying the blue placard, you must also be in possession of the Disabled Person Identification Card if asked by a police officer seeking to verify you are the legal owner of the placard.
It is illegal to use another person's placard, and a police officer can verify who the placard belongs to by looking up the number at the bottom of the placard. If you use a placard that does not belong to you, not only will you receive a summons for parking in a disabled parking space without authorization, but the actual placard owner may lose their privilege to possess and use the placard.