Information for Disabled Drivers in Georgia
Georgia has rules that determine whether someone can be considered a disabled driver and qualify for a disability placard/tag to park in designated spots. Learn what qualifies a driver as disabled and the steps necessary to apply for a disability placard/tag.
How Georgia Determines Disability Driving Status
To be considered a disabled driver, the individual must:
- be unable to walk 200 feet without resting;
- be unable to walk without a cane, crutch, wheelchair, etc.;
- have a lung disease restricting forced respiratory volume for one section less than one liter, or arterial oxygen tension less than 60 mmHg when resting;
- use portable oxygen;
- have a cardiac condition that creates functional limitations;
- have an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition from pregnancy that inhibits walking;
- be hearing impaired; or
- be blind or visually impaired.
As a disabled driver, the individual will receive a disability placard or license tag. This allows the person – or someone driving this person – to park in areas designated for those with a disability.
How to Apply for a Disability License Tag or Placard
Disabled individuals or their representatives can complete the following steps to get a parking tag to make visits to public places easier:
- Step 1 - Download the Disabled Person’s Parking Affidavit form. Print and complete sections one, two and three. Section two only applies to institutions that transport disabled persons.
- Step 2 - Have sections four and five filled out by a licensed doctor. This could be a physician of medicine, podiatrist, chiropractor, optometrist or osteopathic medicine.
- Step 3 - Have the form notarized.
Renewing a Disability License Tag or Placard
The tag or placard is good for a limited period of time. Disabled drivers must renew license tags each year and are available only to those with a permanent disability.
The type of placard will determine when renewal is necessary. Those issued a temporary placard can only use it up to 180 days. If it’s necessary to extend the placard, a physician will need to verify the necessity of the extension.
Permanent placards require renewal every four years. The same is true for those who receive special permanent placards; individuals who drive a modified vehicle with and controls for the brake and accelerator, or individuals who lost or lost use of their upper extremities, may qualify for the special permanent placard.
To renew or replace tags or placards, the individual must complete the Disabled Person’s Parking Affidavit in the same fashion as above, only the individual would check ‘Renewal’ at the top of the form. Individuals should submit any damaged tags or placards along with the form.
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