Introduction:

The Transportation Authority issues disabled parking permits to help those with limited mobility
People with disabilities may receive a disabled parking permit for two vehicles provided that both of them are used by the applicant
One of the vehicles is eligible for a reduced license fee

Vehicles with disabled parking permits may park in areas designated for the disabled and in places where parking is not normally permitted, when certain conditions established by the sections 2 and 3 of the Handicapped Parking Law are met.

  • One can get one parking permit for two vehicles, if both are used to transport the handicapped person including two vehicles not owned by the handicapped person, but they use regularly. (In all cases, even if a tag is designated for 2 vehicles, only one tag will be issued to be used by the vehicle transporting the person with disabilities.)
  • The permit may only be used in a vehicle that it is designated for and if the person with disabilities is in the vehicle (as a driver or passenger).
  • In many cases, vehicles with disabled parking permits may park for free on sidewalks marked in blue and white. Due to the fact that this is not a national regulation, the specifics should be checked with each local authority. (For example, according to the Haifa, Tel Aviv and Beersheva call centers, this is the case in those jurisdictions.)
  • According to the law, someone with a disabled parking permit may park for free in public pay parking if the only accessible approach to a public place is through that parking area.
  • A vehicle with a 'disabled parking tag featuring the symbol of a wheelchair may drive in the lane designated for public transportation as long as the person with disabilities is in the vehicle.
  • Parking permits are issued in a hard casing. When parking, the permit must be placed on the left front window of the vehicle or the driver's side window such that it can be seen clearly.
  • Beginning in March 2019, a parking permit that is given permanently is valid for the person's entire life (and is not renewed every 8 years).
Attention
Parking spots parked for handicapped parking
Sign post 437 (see the list of sign posts, designates a parking spot only for a vehicle that that has the valid, original parking permit, at the time that the disabled person is using the vehicle for which the permit was given.

Validation of a license number with a disabled parking permit

  • Parking permit tags are now issued without the license numbers of the vehicles (it is written on the tag that the vehicle details are listed in the Transportation Authority).
  • Parking lot owners and local authorities (as well as the general public) are able to see which license plat numbers are registered in the system. The system is updated every night.
  • To see the database of cars with disabled parking permits visit the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety Website.

Types of Permits

  • Types of permits issued to those who are eligible.
    • Regular Disabilities - (A tag with a green triangle symbol - for those who are disabled but not confined to a wheelchair).
    • Disabilities with wheelchair - (for the handicapped requiring a wheelchair or vehicle traffic due to their limited mobility. )
    • Both types (the blue wheelchair icon and the green icon) that has a flower on it - for disabled IDF veterans.
  • The disabled parking law makes no distinction between the different types of tags.
Attention
* According to section 71a-1 Traffic Ordinance (New Version) vehicles with a wheelchair symbol may travel in the lane for public transport when the person with a disability is in the vehicle.

Who is eligible?

  • A request for a disabled parking permit can be submitted by someone suffering from an illness, or several illnesses that make walking difficult, someone for whom movement is dangerous to his/her health, or someone who is home-bound. The request is based on the most updated medical reports.
  • According to section 1 of disabled parking law holders of a Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment are eligible for a disabled parking permit, or with confirmation from a qualifying doctor that they meet on of the following conditions:
    • Individuals for whom medical disability has been established as at least 60% and for whom mobility without a vehicle is liable to negatively impact his/her health
    • Individuals with limited walking capabilities who require a wheelchair for mobility purposes
    • Individuals with disabilities in need of a vehicle as a means of transportation because of disability in their legs
Tip
Any person who wishes to establish (general) medical disability from the National Insurance Institute without making a claim for a disability pension can apply to the Tax Authority and be examined by the Income Tax Exemption Medical Committee.
For example: A man who has suffered an illness that results in disability after reaching retirement age and can not submit a claim for disability pension due to his age, but wishes to receive Rights for People with Medical Disabilities that are not Contingent on Receiving a Disability Pension.

How to claim it?

  • Applications for disabled parking permits may be submitted online (on the government website) or by printing and mailing in the application forms.
  • Current medical documentation (from the past 3 month) from a specialist of the disability must be submitted along with the application and include information about the applicant's status of movement.
  • Cancer Patients should attach a letter from an oncologist, attesting to their cancer and current treatment status (proof of disability is not required).
  • Information regarding the following populations are automatically transferred and there is no need to attach additional documents:
    • Individuals with Blindness and Visual Impairment
    • Those whose disability has been established by the Ministry of Defense Rehabilitation Department.
    • Those whose disability has been establish by the National Insurance Institute, and they have been notified of such.
  • When you submit the application include the license plate numbers of the vehicles you want connected to the parking permit (up to two vehicles).

Submitting an Online Application

  • An application is filled out online on the personal portal of the government identification system].
  • If you are not yet registered to the identification system, you must register before you can see and submit the form. For additional information see Registering for the Government Identification System.
  • This short video can help you with the online process.
  • After you submit the application you will receive a confirmation e-mail (if you don't see it, check all your inbox folders including the spam folder).
  • An answer will be given within 30 days from when the application is submitted.

Submitting an Application by Mail

  • Fill out the Application for parking permits and exemption from parking fees.
  • In addition to the medical documents listed above, the following documents must also be attached to the applications:
    • Photocopy of identification card (teudat zehut) + attachment (sefach) (if the ID card is digital, copy the back side of it as well).
    • Photocopy of vehicle registrations
    • Proof of a bank account or an example of a check (in order to receive the fee refund).
  • It is advisable to keep copies of all the documents, as the documents will not be returned to the sender. Do not send discs and X-rays.
  • The application should be sent to the Registration Branch - Limited Mobility Division, PO box 72, Cholon 58100.
  • An answer will be given within 60 days for an application submitted by mail.
  • Applications sent by mail will not receive a status update that the application was submitted.
  • After the application is checked, the applicant will receive a letter by mail either approving or denying the request or asking for additional information.

Receiving the permit

Attention
After the request and medical documents are submitted, it may be necessary to check whether the person with disabilities is fit for driving. In these cases, the person may be invited to The Road Safety Authority's medical center to test his driving.

Reduced registration fee

  • One of the vehicles is entitled to an exemption from the licensing fee on condition that the car is registered on the disabled person's name, the name of his/her spouse or the name of his/her legal guardian.
  • A refund of the relative part of the license fee paid in full before the tag was received can be received retroactively.
  • For more information see Reduced License Fee for Disabled Parking Permit Holders.


Additional Inquiries

  • Additional inquiries can be made online through the government identification system or by mail:
    • A request to update the license plate numbers connected to the parking permit.
    • To renew a tag that is about to expire: (a tag that has not been issued permanently). Updated medical documentation (from the past 3 months) must be submitted (unless it is one of the situations listed above in which the information is automatically transferred). To avoid delays, the process should be started 60 days prior to the parking permit's expiration date.
    • Request to issue a new permit in the event that a permit was lost or stolen, (a print form can also be filled out and mailed in). A new tag will be sent within 30 days to the current address on record with the Population Authority.
    • Request to cancel a parking permit: The cancellation comes into effect within 48 hours from when the request was submitted.

Appeals

  • If a permit request has been denied, and appeal may be submitted soon after the rejection was received.
  • The appeal and relevant documents can be submitted by mail to: The Department of Limited Mobility, The Ministry of Transportation. P.O. 72, 58100.

Please note

  • Disabled permits for two vehicles may be granted, provided it is proven that both are used to transport the person with disabilities.
  • A person with disabilities wishing to sell their car must contact the Vehicle Licensing Bureau with the buyer in order to transfer ownership. For additional information see the Transportation Ministry and Road Safety website.
  • If you do not have private parking, check whether the local authority allows for Marking a Disabled Parking Area Near the Home of a Person with Disabilities. The option for this specially marked area is usually given only for the physically disabled (so it is generally not valid for autism, etc.).
Warning
As of 15.01.2020 you can no longer go to the Licensing Bureau without making an appointment ahead of time.
  • You can make an appointment for one of the branches in any of the following ways:
    • With the MyVisit app
    • Through the Transportation Ministry's online appointment system
    • Through the phone hotline *5678
  • Before making an appointment, check to see if the service you need requires you to come to the branch in person or if it is something that can be done online, on the phone *5678 or a post office branch.
  • For additional information see the Transportation Ministry and Road Safety website.

International Parking Permit

  • As of 02.07.2006, the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety no longer issues international disabled parking permits.
  • Until the matter is legally and internationally regulated, it is possible to apply privately to a notary to translate the disabled parking tag (and any other relevant document) into the language of the destination country. The translated documents may be submitted to the law enforcement agencies in the target country, to find out what rights they confer.
  • For more information and for alternatives, see the Access Israel website.

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