New Texas legislation improvements rules for obtainable parking for disabled veterans

Just one of the numerous new legislation that went into influence in Texas this thirty day period will modify the policies for disabled vets when it will come to accessible parking spaces.

Disabled veteran’s license plates, also referred to as DV plates, will no for a longer period be enough by by themselves to legally park in obtainable parking spaces starting up Jan. 1, 2022, in accordance to Senate Invoice 792, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in Might.

Texas legislation will demand all cars with DV plates parked in an Us residents with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible parking place to also exhibit a placard with the Intercontinental Image of Access (ISA).

Starting Dec. 1, under this new legislation, the Texas Office of Motor Motor vehicles will no for a longer time immediately problem disability placards with DV plates. A observe with a doctor’s signature will be necessary to get a placard.


Starting up Jan. 1, 2022, to park in an ADA parking place demands possibly a new DV license plate with the ISA or a non-expired DV plate along with a current parking placard.

Though all of the new legislation that was passed and signed in the course of the 87th Texas Legislature went into outcome on Sept. 1, disabled veterans have a number of much more months ahead of this legislation is enforced.

“Nothing improved for DV plateholders on Sept. 1, 2021. They could even now park in disabled parking spaces right up until Jan. 1. 2022,” said a spokesperson for the TXDMV.

According to the Texas DMV, “placard and plate eligibility is dependent on a clinical ailment that fulfills the legal definition of a disability” which consists of the subsequent:

  • Visual acuity of 20/200 or significantly less in the better eye with correcting lenses.

  • Visual acuity of far more than 20/200 but with a confined field of eyesight in which the widest diameter of the visible subject subtends an angle of 20 degrees or fewer.

  • Mobility difficulties that substantially impair a person’s capacity to go around these difficulties can be triggered by:

As of August 2021, disabled veterans in Texas have registered 403,000 motor vehicles with DV plates, in accordance to the Texas Section of Motor Vehicles.


Making use of the parking placard or a license plate with ISA to park in an available parking space is only authorized when the individual with the disability is employing the house, or the disabled man or woman is staying driven by a further human being.

People today who misuse disabled parking placards are subject to fines of up to $1,250 and/or up to 50 hrs of local community assistance, according to the TXDMV.

Apps for disabled veteran license plates and parking placards can be discovered right here.

Automobiles with DV plates are even now exempt from paying out parking expenses collected by way of meters that are charged by a governmental authority other than a department of the federal federal government.

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