A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "I helped my mother (who uses a walker) into my car after her Dialysis Treatment. Then a woman approached, put a badge against the closed car window, claimed she was a DMV investigator and asked to see my mother’s identification. She claimed that she was verifying our right to park in the disabled parking spaces even though we had my mom’s disabled placard displayed as required. Was this legit? I was very uncomfortable as she handed my mother’s driver’s license to another woman with a phone. My mom also had in her purse her required DMV certificate, which she handed over to the investigator. Should we expect to be questioned by DMV investigators in the future?"
Today, there are more than three-million disabled parking placards in use in California alone. Basically, you may qualify for a Disabled Placard or license plates if you have impaired mobility due to having lost use of one or more lower extremities, or both hands, or have a diagnosed disease that substantially impairs or interferes with mobility, or one who is severely disabled to be unable to move without the aid of an assistive device. You may also qualify if you have specific, documented visual problems, including lower-vision or partial-sightedness. Many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients have Handicape Placards and should know that the Department Of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is cracking down on misuse which could result in at $1,000.00 fine.
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The DMV has investigators with police powers operating across the country. They conduct fraud/counterfeit detection, investigations, audit, and enforcement services, which also includes looking into the misuse of disabled parking placards and plates.
This is especially concerning for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients who do not outwardly appear disabled or sick - even though they are. DMV investigators regularly conduct enforcement activities in which they verify that holders of disabled person placards comply with state law. They can indeed request to see the supporting documentation.
Hence, be sure to walk with all of your necessary documents just in case you are questioned about your placard. Also, remind your loved ones not to use the Disabled Placard unless they are picking you up or dropping you off at a location to avoid a costly fine.
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