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Disabled Parking Permit Requirements to Change

July 2, 2012

New legislation calls for documentation when renewing.

Sanford, Fla. – All individuals with a blue permanent disabled parking permit should be made aware of the new requirements put in place by Florida lawmakers.  All offices of the 67 Florida County Tax Collectors will implement the new law as agents of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

Effective October 1, 2012, any person currently issued a blue permanent disabled parking permit must renew their permit every four years.  When doing so, a certificate of disability completed and signed by a certifying authority within the last 12 months must be provided.  This means every blue disabled parking permit holder will, at least every four years and within 12 months of the date of their renewal, submit a new DHSMV form 83039.  Permit holders will not have to pay a state renewal fee.

In addition, effective July 1, 2012, if your blue permanent disabled parking permit is lost or stolen, a replacement will only be issued if you submit the same documentation required for renewals.  The new law does not affect red temporary disabled parking permits, nor people who have disabled (wheelchair) license plates.

Under current Florida law, disabled parking permit holders must renew their parking permits every four years, but they do not have to submit a recent certificate of disability when renewing.  They can renew online, by mail or by visiting a Tax Collector’s Office.

The legislation also directs DHSMV to collect calls reporting abuse of the permits.  Calls should be placed to the DHSMV Customer Service Center at (850) 617-3803.

More than 1.3 million Floridians currently have permanent blue disabled parking permits.  The permanent permit is blue; the temporary permit is red.

The blue disabled parking permit with a current sticker must be visible from the front and rear of a motor vehicle.  One side of the permit must display the applicant’s driver license number or state identification card number along with a warning the applicant must have such identification at all times while using the parking permit.

Illegally obtaining or using a permit can result in the loss of the parking permit and carries the potential for criminal penalties as outlined in Florida Statute 320.0848. 

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