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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2013

DMV Busts Fraudulent Disabled Placard Users

Citations Issued in Statewide Placard Sting

SACRAMENTO — DMV investigators issued 241 citations during a sweeping, statewide crackdown of disabled license plate and placard scofflaws on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

The daylong operation spanned several regions of the state in a planned response to increased complaints from the public.

“Fraudulent use of disabled placards is a disservice to legitimate placard owners who really need the parking privilege,” said DMV Chief Deputy Director Jean Shiomoto. “The DMV will confiscate a placard of a legitimate owner if it’s being used by others.”

Investigative teams covered several high-volume areas, including, (but not limited to) shopping mall parking lots, universities and colleges, business districts, and generally any heavy-populated locations where DMV’s Investigations Division has received a majority of complaints from the public.

The citations are considered misdemeanors; and, carry bail amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000 for a first offense and up to $3,500 for a subsequent offense. Additional costs may vary, depending upon the jurisdiction where the citation was issued.

Following in parentheses are citations issued in specific regions:

San Francisco Bay Area (25)                         Southern Region (30)
(San Francisco, Hayward)                              (San Diego, Mission Valley, Chula Vista)

Central California: (43)                                 Orange County Region (19)
(Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton)                     (Anaheim, Irvine)

Northern Region: (15)                                    Midland Region (43)
(Roseville, Sacramento, Santa Rosa,              (El Monte, West Covina, LA Metro)
Vallejo)                                                          

Inland Region (14)                                         Pacific Region (18)
(Riverside, San Bernardino)                          (Artesia, Southbay, Culver City)
                                                                                   
Valley Region: (34)
(Granada Hills, Lincoln Park, Ventura)

Disabled placards -- It is illegal to:

  • Lend your disabled person parking (DP) placard to another person. DP placards are not transferable.
  • Forge a physician’s signature to obtain a DP placard
  • Use someone else’s DP placard
  • Possess or display a counterfeit placard
  • Provide false information to obtain a placard
  • Alter a placard or a placard identification card

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