New Texas law changes rules for accessible parking for disabled veterans

One of the various new legal guidelines that went into impact in Texas this month will change the rules for disabled vets with regards to accessible parking areas.

Disabled veteran’s license plates, additionally known as DV plates, will now not be adequate by themselves to legally park in accessible parking areas beginning Jan. 1, 2022, in accordance with Senate Bill 792, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in May.

Texas law would require all automobiles with DV plates parked in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible parking area to additionally show a placard with the International Symbol of Access (ISA).

Starting Dec. 1, under this new law, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will now not mechanically concern incapacity placards with DV plates. A notice with a physician’s signature will likely be required to acquire a placard.


Starting Jan. 1, 2022, to park in an ADA parking area requires both a brand new DV license plate with the ISA or a non-expired DV plate together with a present parking placard.

While all the new laws that was handed and signed throughout the 87th Texas Legislature went into impact on Sept. 1, disabled veterans have a number of extra months earlier than this law is enforced.

“Nothing changed for DV plateholders on Sept. 1, 2021. They may still park in disabled parking spaces until Jan. 1. 2022,” stated a spokesperson for the TXDMV.

According to the Texas DMV, “placard and plate eligibility is based on a medical condition that meets the legal definition of a disability” which incorporates the next:

  • Visual acuity of 20/200 or much less within the higher eye with correcting lenses.

  • Visual acuity of greater than 20/200 however with a restricted field of regard through which the widest diameter of the visible discipline subtends an angle of 20 levels or much less.

  • Mobility issues that considerably impair an individual’s potential to maneuver round; these issues will be attributable to:

As of August 2021, disabled veterans in Texas have registered 403,000 automobiles with DV plates, in accordance with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.


Using the parking placard or a license plate with ISA to park in an accessible parking area is barely allowed when the individual with the incapacity is using the area, or the disabled individual is being pushed by one other individual.

People who misuse disabled parking placards are topic to fines of as much as $1,250 and/or as much as 50 hours of group service, in accordance with the TXDMV.

Applications for disabled veteran license plates and parking placards will be found here.

Vehicles with DV plates are nonetheless exempt from paying parking charges collected by means of meters which might be charged by a governmental authority aside from a department of the federal authorities.

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