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DMV Medical Forms FYI

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Save time and money by making sure your physician properly fills out forms needed for the DMV and more.  I had a permanent Handicapped Placard when I lived in Arizona but didn’t bother getting one when I first moved to California.  I rarely left the house so it I didn’t feel the need for it.  As I have had some improvements and have been able to leave the house more often I decided it was time.  It only took a few times of almost being hit by cars in parking lots because they couldn’t see me in my wheelchair to make it worth my time.  One first applies for a temporary placard before getting a permanent one in the state of California.   Having my form filled out by my physician and going to the DMV for my temporary was simple and painless.  I utilized their appointment system and was in and out in less than 20 minutes.  Upon my temporary placard expiration I returned to my physician to have my permanent application filled out.  I hate mistakes and always check to make sure I can avoid repeat visits, so I looked the form over and it was filled out exactly like my prior form.  What could go wrong?

Well, it appears that California’s DMV appointment system is a waste of time now that more people are using it.  I rolled up to the non-appointment counter at the same time as another handicapped driver arrived at the appointment counter.  We checked in at the same time and we were both there for the same reason.  We both had to wait TWO hours before having our numbers called.  So much for appointments!!!  By this point I was exhausted and just wanted to be done.  Unfortunately, I was far from done.  Things have changed.  The CA DMV no longer accepts a physician’s stamp as a signature. They also no longer accept a physician stamping his medical group information. They must write out their personal medical identification number.  This is new, because they had no problem accepting the same form, filled out with stamps six months prior.

Luckily my doctor’s office was only a few miles from the DMV and I was able to run over there to have the form filled out correctly.  I don’t blame my physician for this mishap, as he was as shocked as I was that they wouldn’t accept it as it was.  But he and his nurse advised me to tell everyone I know so that others could avoid this hassle.

With my corrected form in hand I returned to the DMV and had to wait an additional two hours.  Long story short…. Don’t accept any form that your physician replaces his physical signature with a stamp.  I am thankful that my current healthcare plan does not charge me for filling out forms nor do they require that I make an appointment for such things.  But under my former plan this error would have cost me well over $100 in copay and form fees.

Your time and physical strength is precious.  Don’t waste it if you don’t have to.  Insist on a physical signature!!!!!

Wishing you a day filled with gentle hugs and a little less aggravation,

The Disabled Diva

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