Great news for the citizens of St. Johns County! Permanent Handicap Parking Placards will be issued/renewed at no cost to the citizens of St. Johns County and the State of Florida. Temporary Handicap Placards will remain at $15.00. Click here for a parking permit form. Any questions please call our office at (904) 209-2250.
Who is eligible for a disabled parking permit? How do I get a permit?
You must submit application form HSMV 83039, signed by a physician, to your local Tax Collector's office with appropriate payment. In addition to the completed form, be sure to bring a copy of your Florida driver license or Florida identification card. After you have been issued a parking permit, you will receive a renewal notice before your next expiration date. If you have any questions concerning the parking permit program, please call our office at (904) 209-2250 or Florida State DMV Customer Service Center at (850) 617-2000.
Is everyone with a disabled parking permit able to park free at meters?
Anyone with a disabled parking permit who parks on the street at a turnstile meter will continue to park for free. However, there are time restrictions; 4 hours maximum. The law also allows local municipalities to exceed the 4 hours maximum by local ordinance.
What are the guidelines for charging a person to park whose vehicle displays a disabled parking permit?
The law allows municipalities to remove free parking in the following settings: government lots that are used for entertainment, such as convention centers, cruise port terminals, sports stadiums, sports arenas, coliseums and auditoriums along with airports and city or municipal garages. When free parking is removed as described above, the law requires the free parking be maintained only for those vehicles with ramps, lifts, hand controls or State of Florida toll exemption permits.
What is the limit on the number of days I can park using my disabled parking permit?
The law allows facilities to restrict the number of days (in a row) a vehicle may be parked with a permit, if the number of days is being restricted for the general public.
What are the requirements for the size of the disabled parking spaces?
All disabled parking spaces are required to be 12 feet wide with a 5-foot access aisle by October 1, 1997. A 5-foot access aisle may be shared by two accessible spaces. The law also requires the space to have the signage and painting properly maintained.
Who will enforce the spaces?
The law allows a law enforcement officer, parking enforcement specialist and the owner or lessee of the space that finds a vehicle in violation to have the vehicle towed. The officer or enforcement specialist has the option of writing a ticket for the violation. All violations will be recorded by the local clerk and submitted to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for input into a statewide computer. This will allow the courts to place stiffer penalties on those drivers who are repeat offenders, which can also include 40 hours of community service with a program that serves people with disabilities.
What will assist with enforcement?
Access aisles are now a no parking zone for all vehicles whether the vehicle is displaying a disabled parking permit or not. The fine for parking in an access aisle is the same for the disabled parking space, most commonly $250. The placement of the identification number on the permit will allow the enforcement entity to request the identification card or driver license. They can then match the number on the ID to the number on the permit, and match the picture on the ID to the person using the permit. If anything does not match, a ticket will be written.
What will deter physicians from signing applications for people who are not eligible?
The application will warn all applicants and physicians that the permits are only for those people who are severely mobility impaired. Any physician who signs an application for someone who is not eligible can be fined $1,000 or one year in jail or both. All applications will now be tracked by computer and the number signed by specific physicians can be reviewed. Any person who applies and is not eligible can be fined the same as a physician.
What if someone uses a family members' permit or a permit that does not belong to them ?
Anyone who obtains or uses a permit that does not belong to them can be charged with a second degree misdemeanor, $1000 fine or up to 6 months in jail. Improper use of the permit is now twice the fee of a disabled parking violation. This should deter people from loaning their permits to family members. It does not matter if you are running an errand for the person with a disability. If the person with a disability is not present, the fine is $1000.