The Corner Forum
Sunday, March 30, 2003
Issue #25

Nurses, Contractors, Others Can Apply for Parking Permits

Submitted by Sharon Cochran

1300 block of Emerald Street NE

Adapted from the Department of Motor Vehicles Web site http://dmv.washingtondc.gov/serv/parking/temporary.shtm

Health care providers who take care of residents in the area can get a residential parking permit even if they themselves aren't local residents. To apply for a "Health Care Provider Temporary Parking Permit," which is free and valid for up to 90 days, the following original documents must be presented at the Department of Motor Vehicles: 1) a valid vehicle registration; 2) proof of vehicle insurance; 3) proof of residence for District resident requiring medical attention; and 4) a statement on doctor's letterhead certifying the resident's medical needs and the name(s) of the persons providing care.

Contractors working for residents in the area can also get a residential parking permit. To get a "Contractual Employee Temporary Parking Permit," which is also free and valid for up to 90 days, the following original documents must be presented at the Department of Motor Vehicles: 1) a valid vehicle registration and a vehicle that displays commercial license plates; 2) proof of valid vehicle insurance; 3) a statement from residential property owner certifying that construction, plumbing, painting, etc., is being performed on the property, and the estimated length of project; and 4) proof of residence from the property owner.

Residents who need permits for visitors can get a free, two-week "Visitor's Parking Permit" at the 5th District police station (at 1805 Bladensburg Rd. NE). Special consideration will be given to residents who are incapacitated or disabled. Applicants must provide one of the following as proof of District of Columbia residency: 1) a valid District of Columbia driver's license; 2) a valid District of Columbia vehicle registration card; 3) a current utility bill or rent receipt along with a credit card or other generally acceptable form of identification; or 4) any other legal document showing District of Columbia residency acceptable to the member issuing the visitor parking permit.

Visitor parking permits are issued only to eligible District of Columbia residents and are for use only by their bona fide visitors. A "visitor" is defined as any person who visits a District of Columbia residence and is a guest of an eligible resident for longer than a two-day period between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.

If you are a temporary resident (either a full-time student attending a college or university in District of Columbia, a member of Congress, on the personal staff of a member of Congress from your home state, or a U.S. military personnel on active duty), you may qualify for a reciprocity parking permit that allows you to park in your residential area while maintaining your out-of-state license plates and registration. §