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Investigators Bust 135 Abusers of Disabled Parking Placards in May


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June 8, 2017

Investigators Bust 135 Abusers of Disabled Parking Placards in May

Monthly statistics on enforcement efforts released

Sacramento – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) caught 135 people fraudulently using Disabled Person Parking Placards (DPPP) during 16 enforcement operations that were carried out in May 2017.

Individuals who were issued misdemeanor citations must appear in court, face possible fines that range from $250 to $1,000, and will have the offense recorded on their driver record, if convicted.  Investigators also confiscated the misused DPPP.  The cases are forwarded to the local jurisdiction for prosecution.

The statewide crackdown is part of the DMV’s continuous efforts to ensure handicap parking spots are used by individuals who have legitimately obtained disabled parking placards to assist them with their mobility. It is important to point out that not all disabilities are visible and allegations of abuse may be unfounded.

Here are the results of the enforcement operations during May:

Date City Citations Issued Drivers Contacted
5/9 Salinas 2 7
5/10 Elk Grove 3 57
5/11 Woodland 7 100
5/11 South San Francisco 5 75
5/11 El Cajon 4 106
5/11 Los Angeles 39 317
5/16 Fullerton 8 32
5/16 Atwater 5 25
5/17 San Francisco 6 61
5/17 Mountain View 4 88
5/18 Arvin 3 22
5/20 Galt 8 58
5/20 Los Angeles 9 44
5/22 Ventura 13 63
5/24 Novato 4 62
5/25 Fresno 15 58
Totals:   135 1,175


Since April 2017, DMV investigators have issued 552 citations throughout the state.

To report suspected misuse of a Disabled Person Parking Placard or plate, please submit a Record of Complaint Form (INV 172A), which can be found at

You can also email DMV Investigations at to report suspected misuse.  Please include your contact information, the vehicle information associated with the suspected placard misuse, the placard number, date you observed the misuse and the location where it occurred.

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