Concerned that information contained on its disabled (handicap) parking placards could be used for identity fraud, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer require personal information be visible on the placards as of July 1.
"The Commonwealth and DMV are committed to protecting Virginian’s privacy," said DMV Commissioner Rick Holcomb. "Removing an individual’s identifying information from disabled placards will help safeguard our residents and protect their identities."
Placards issued in the past displayed the disabled person’s name, birth date and gender. Persons using handicap parking spaces are required to display the placard in public view by hanging it on the rearview mirror of the vehicle using the parking space.
Persons who have either permanent or temporary placards issued prior to July 1 may use tape to permanently cover their name and birth date on their placard.
DMV offers the disable parking placards and license plates to persons with temporary or permanent disabilities that limit or impair their mobility, or to those with conditions that create a safety concern while walking, such as Alzheimer’s disease or lung-related diseases. The placards allow users to park in any disabled or handicap parking space or to park for up to four hours at metered or time-restricted parking spaces without paying a fee, unless prohibited by the locality. However, the person to whom the placard is issued must either be driving or be a passenger in the vehicle to legally use the placard.
A conviction for violating the proper use of the placard can result in fines up to $500 and revocation of the special parking privileges.
To receive a placard the applicant must provide certification of the disability from a medical professional. DMV issued 73,869 of the placards in 2009.
Temporary or permanent placards cost $5 each.