Drivers with Disabilities in Georgia
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Georgia Drivers with Disabilities
If you drive and have a qualifying disability, you may be eligible to apply for a handicap parking permit or license plate through the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR). The permit or license plate will allow you to park in specially designated areas that are easily accessible.
NOTE: You must go through the Department of Revenue (DOR), the placards are no longer available from the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
When applying for disabled parking permits in Georgia, you can generally choose from the following options:
- Temporary placard.
- Permanent placard.
- Special permanent parking permit for disabled drivers in specially equipped vehicles.
- Parking decal.
- License plate.
All of the above handicap permits allow you to park in disabled parking spaces. You may not apply for both a decal and a license plate, but you may get additional placards with either one. Placards hang from the rear-view mirror in the vehicle occupied by the disabled person.
Whether you apply for a temporary or permanent permit depends on the nature of your disability. Your doctor must complete a portion of the Disabled Person's Parking Affidavit (Form MV-9D) certifying your disability and whether it is temporary or permanent.
When your application is complete and notarized, you can take it to your local Georgia county tag office.
NOTE: There are typically heavy penalties for abusing the privileges of a handicap parking permit or license plate. If you are not the person that the plate, permit, or placard was issued to, you may be subject to criminal penalties.
Your doctor will need to certify any of the following conditions of your disability, based on criteria set forth by Georgia law:
- Hearing impaired.
- Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
- Cannot walk without assistance or use of wheelchair.
- Lung disease or severe breathing difficulty.
- Uses portable oxygen.
- Has severe cardiac condition.
- Is blind.
- Has limited walking ability due to arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition, or complications due to pregnancy.
If you have any questions about your disability or any of the qualifying criteria above, you should talk with your personal physician. He or she will be able to provide you with information and recommendations specific to your situation.
Georgia makes it easy for travelers from other states to use their state's disabled parking permits. The state of Georgia recognizes and honors all disabled parking permits, placards, and plates from other states, so disabled visitors are welcome to park in handicap spaces statewide.
Disabled permits, placards, and plates issued in Georgia are also valid in all 50 states, so there's one less worry before you take that next road trip.
If you have specific questions about the use of out-of-state placards before you visit Georgia or travel out-of-state, please contact the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR).