Handicap parking permits available by mail

By Ed Brock

People with disabilities can now apply for parking permits by mail.

The Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety previously required those in need of a permit, the brightly colored tag that is hung from the rearview mirror of the vehicle, to apply at a driver's license customer service center, according to DMVS spokeswoman Susan Sports. The permits allow handicapped drivers to use the special parking spaces found near most public facilities.

Now applicants can print up a DS-29 application from www.dmvs.ga.gov to be completed by the applicant and their physician and mailed back in. The forms are available by going to the section for "Forms and Manuals" and then looking under "Drivers License Forms and Manuals."

After the physician and applicant complete and notarize the form it can be mailed to Georgia DMVS, Attention Special Issuance, Post Office Box 80447, Conyers, GA 30013.

Those seeking to renew their permit can use the same system but must also include the permit number from their current placard, expiration date from their placard and the word "renewal" at the top of the DS-29 application.

When the new permit is delivered the old one should be destroyed.

Applicants should allow seven to 10 days for the processing of the application. To expedite the process they can include a self-addressed stamped 8.5 inch by 11 inch envelope. If the applicant wants the placard sent to an address other than the one in DMVS records they must include such an envelope.