New Law Affecting Disabled Person Placard and Plates
Effective January 1, 2018, California law (Senate Bill 611) requires all first time applicants for Permanent Disabled Person Plates, a Permanent Disabled Person Placard, a Temporary Disabled Person Placard, or a Travel Placard to submit proof of true full name and date of birth along with their application. Acceptable documents include:
- A state-issued driver license (DL) or identification (ID) card, or
- A document required as proof of true full name and date of birth when applying for a California DL or ID card, such as
- A United States (U.S.) birth certificate
- A U.S. passport or passport card
- Or other acceptable document
Note: If the name on your Application for Disabled Person Placard or Plates (REG 195) differs from the name on your true full name and date of birth document, you must submit an additional document that establishes your true full name, for example:
- Adoption documents that contain the legal names as a result of adoption.
- A name change document that contains the legal name both before and after the name change.
- Marriage certificate.
- A certificate, declaration, or registration document verifying the formation of a domestic partnership.
- Dissolution of marriage/domestic partnership document that contains the legal name as a result of the court action.
Effective February 1, 2018, only an Application for Disabled Person Placard or Plates (REG 195) form with a revision date of 1/2018 will be accepted. No prior versions will be accepted.
The new law also prohibits DMV from issuing more than four substitute permanent placards during a two-year period, and is also required to send a renewal notice to each permanent disabled person placardholder every 6 years. The first mailing of the renewal notices is expected to take place in early 2023 for permanent placards that will expire in June 2023.