So I have nearly broken my back searching for answers to my question. So i m 15 and will be turning 16, and i m disabled, I live in PA and I want to get my license. I m a bilateral amputee so I know while wearing prosthetic legs I can drive, my question is where the hell do I start?! Are there any extra hoops I
So I have nearly broken my back searching for answers to my question. So i m 15 and will be turning 16, and i m disabled, I live in PA and I want to get my license. I m a bilateral amputee so I know while wearing prosthetic legs I can drive, my question is where the hell do I start?! Are there any extra hoops I have to jump through to get my license? What handicap driving schools are near me? Do I need to do anything extra to get my permit? And please list an other helpful info. PS: Please do not post anything like, "I don t know about the US but in my country.." because those comments aren t helpful to me, i m not trying to be mean but they just aren t.
Update: Thanks to everyone for helping! All the answers were really good and it was hard to pick one as a best answer, i'll take everyone's info and self note it. Thanks again.
Sam: You start the same way everyone else starts. Being handicapped doesn't change anything, the list of qualifications and requirements is the same for everyone.
You'll have to be physically / medically fit to drive, just like everyone else. You'll have to pass the vision and written tests, just like everyone else. Your road test will be the same as any other road test.
The only difference in your case will be any vehicle mods that need to be made, if applicable. If you're not cleared to drive with prosthetic legs, you can always have hand controls installed in the vehicle. Any mechanic or dealership can help you out with that if needed.
Even driver education will be the same. You'll get a bit of instruction from the installer on how to use hand controls, but it's not much and you won't need much. Aside from using hand controls instead of pedals, every other aspect of driving is the same for everyone.
I live in PA and I want to get my license.
. I m a bilateral amputee so I know while wearing prosthetic legs I can drive, my question is where the hell do I start?!
The same place as everyone else.
You take drivers training to learn the rules of the road.
You take the test.
Then you practise on the road until you can pass the driving test.
You will NEED a medical clearance that you are capable of driving. You will probably need to use a modified vehicle with hand controls.
YOUR EXACT Situation needs to be evaluated on your physical ability to drive. You can expect to have restrictions on your license.
This FORM needs to be filled out by a Doctor.
For calls from numbers with area codes inside PA, please call 1-800-932-4600.
Suggest you talk to a HUMAN and more fully explain your situation.
Being "handicapped" does not exempt you from doing what everyone else has to do in learning how to drive. You will STILL have to take and pass the written and driving tests just like any other 16-year-old in your state.
As far as restrictions to your driving… Probably the BEST place to start is by talking to the nice people at your local DMV office. I'm sure there would be some restrictions attached to your license, but you won't know until you ask.
I believe it is relatively straightforward. If you can pass all of the tests required and the road test, you will be granted a drivers license. Start at the Pa. DMV website or telephone them.
Hi so for a start hand controls are the best answer. you might need an assessment to determine the best make and type that would suit you best. so time to be contacting one as seen online. they usually have ones close to where you live.
The same as everyone else. There is a form that needs to be filled out where your doctor will list your physical problems, that form is here: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/dvspub…
The 102 page drivers manual will answer all your questions, it is here: https://www.dot.state.pa.us/Public/DVSPu…
You do this the SAME way everyone else does.