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Personal Information Eliminated on Disabled Parking Placards

June 23, 2010

To protect personal information, parking placards for disabled drivers issued after July 1, 2010, will no longer display the name, birth date or gender of the placard holder since they are displayed on a vehicle's rear view mirror in public view.

"The Commonwealth and DMV are committed to protecting Virginians' privacy," said DMV commissioner Rick Holcomb. "Removing an individual's identifying information from disabled placards will help safeguard our residents and protect their identities."

While parked in a disabled parking space, Virginia law requires placard holders to carry the disabled parking identification card they received from the Department of Motor Vehicles along with their placard. They must present it to law enforcement officers if requested. The placard ID card does not have a photograph, but has the customer's name, address, placard number and expiration date.

Customers with temporary or permanent disabled placards issued before July 1, 2010, may use tape to permanently cover their name and birth date on the placard.

DMV offers disabled parking placards and plates for customers with temporary or permanent disabilities that limit or impair their mobility. They are also available to customers with conditions that create a safety concern while walking such as Alzheimer's disease or lung-related diseases.

Disabled parking placards display the International Symbol of Access and are valid in the U.S. and most other countries. They allow users to park in any parking space designated for a disabled person, and park for up to four hours in metered or time-restricted spaces without paying a fee, unless prohibited by the locality.

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