Crime Watch

Blue disabled parking permits must be renewed every four years

 

Special to The Miami Herald

Many of you have emailed me regarding the new changes for the disabled parking permit that went into effect last Oct. 1. Below is the information I wrote about last year which includes the contact information.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will implement the new law.

Effective Oct. 1, 2012. any person issued a blue permanent disabled parking permit must renew the permit every four years, and, when doing so, provide a certificate of disability completed and signed by a certifying authority within the last 12 months. That means every blue disabled parking permit holder will, at least every four years and within 12 months of the date of their renewal, fill out Form HSMV 83039. Permit holders will not have to pay a renewal fee.

In addition, if your blue permanent disabled parking permit is lost or stolen, a replacement will only be issued if you submit the same documentation required for renewals. The new law does not affect red temporary disabled parking permits, nor people who have disabled (wheelchair) license plates.

Under current Florida law, blue disabled parking permit holders must renew their parking permits every four years, but they do not have to submit certificates of disability when renewing. They can renew online, by mail or by visiting a Tax Collector’s office.

The legislation also directs DHSMV to collect calls reporting abuse of the permits. Calls should be placed to the DHSMV Customer Service Center at 850-617-3803.

The blue disabled parking permit with a current sticker must be visible from the front and rear of a motor vehicle. One side of the permit must display the applicant’s driver license number or state identification card number along with a warning the applicant must have such identification at all times while using the parking permit.

Illegally obtaining or using a permit can result in the loss of the parking permit and carries the potential for criminal penalties as outlined in Florida Statute 320.0848.

You also might want to check with your tag agency and they will have information also for you.

In closing I want to express my condolences to the family of retired Hialeah Police Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Garcia who passed away this past week. I knew Ricky for many years and he was a unique and caring individual, which is why everyone looked up to him on the streets. Ricky was one of the first officers I rode with on the “ride along” program.

Thanks to him I became as passionate about police work as he was because he loved the people in our city. Rest in peace my friend, you will never be forgotten.

Carmen Caldwell is executive director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade. Send feedback and news for this column to carmen@citizenscrimewatch.org, or call her at 305-470-1670.

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