I got mine for fibro and back problems. I think the combination made the decision easy for my doc. Like Donna said, it's really easy and they can not charge you for anything unless you want any 'extras. Your doctor will have the paperwork, he/she fills out their portion, then you take it home, fill out your portion which is basically name, address, phone. Then take it to whomever issues license plates in your state and they hand you your placards. If you want license plates it does cost a few bucks but that's for the special work it takes to make them.
Mine is permanent and I use the placards. That way no matter who I ride with I can just take one of mine and I'm good to go. Just make sure you read the rules on the usage of them first. No sense getting stung for a ticket on a technicality.
And as for strange and dirty looks, Tell them to take a picture, it lasts longer!...lol I don't give one flip about any looks at all. But if you are someone who is uncomfortable with it and have a personality a bit more bold than mine, then go ask them how THEY would like to live with severe pain 24/7 and then have a couple of old blue-hair hags like them give you nasty looks. Then flash then a huge smile and give them a business card to Weight Watchers. Sorry, I have no patients for judgmental, overly nosy and rude people. My life is none of their business and I certainly don't want to know about theirs. eeewwwww, yuck! The person staring back at them every morning in their mirror is one miserable excuse for a human being.
OK, Chutzie calming down here...lol
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