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DMV Investigators Cite Individuals in San Diego During a Disabled Person Parking Placard Operation


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December 21, 2017

DMV Investigators Cite Individuals in San Diego During a Disabled Person Parking Placard Operation

San Diego – As part of its commitment to raise public awareness about the fraudulent use of disabled person parking placards, investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) carried out an enforcement operation December 20 at 2149 Fenton Parkway, San Diego (Mission Valley). This proactive effort resulted in the review of 275 disabled person parking placards and the issuance of five misdemeanor citations. Offenders must appear in court to face possible fines that range from $250 to $1,000. While the misdemeanor offense will appear on an offender’s driver record, no points are assessed because it is not a moving violation.

The DMV carries out numerous enforcement operations every month throughout the state in an effort to reduce the impact that disabled person parking placard fraud has on the mobility of those with disabilities. It is important to note that some qualifying disabilities are not visually apparent and allegations of misuse may be unfounded.

The department also has launched a statewide campaign designed to educate Californians about the need for compliance and the consequences that come with violating the law. The DMV encourages the public to share this important message through posters, brochures, and public service announcements available on the DMV website at

The level of reported or observed misuse of disabled person parking placards varies from area to area. Most violations involve people using disabled parking placards issued to family or friends to avoid parking fees, and obtaining convenient and/or unrestricted parking. California law prohibits anyone from lending their assigned placard, knowingly permitting the use of it or allowing anyone else to use it while they are not present. Individuals cannot display a disabled person parking placard that has been cancelled, revoked or not issued to them.

Anyone who suspects a person may be misusing a disabled person parking placard is urged to report it using an online complaint form or by contacting their local DMV Investigations office. Submissions are confidential.

Statewide statistics:  From July 1 to November 30, 2017, DMV investigators issued 1,176 citations to people fraudulently using disabled person placards during 124 enforcement operations. During fiscal year 2016/17, they handed out 1,625 citations.

Help the DMV raise public awareness by sharing the following information:

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