Governor Signs Bill That Helps Disabled Georgians Access Special Parking And Removes Firefighter License Renewal Fees

zzzzzATLANTA (May 2, 2014) |  Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 298 into law on April 24th.

The bill updates several sections of regulations for the Department of Driver Services including a new way for a person with a disability to get access to special parking services.

It allows a doctor’s statement to replace a signed, notarized affidavit as proof for someone to obtain a special parking decal or placard when a notary public is not present in the doctor’s office.

“It is important that Georgians who need access to special parking spaces have a simple way of getting them,” said Sen. Jack Murphy (R-Cumming), the bill’s sponsor. “This streamlined process removes an obstacle and saves potential headaches.”

To apply for a disabled person’s parking decal or placard, take a notarized MV-9D form or signed doctor’s statement to your local county tag office. Tag offices can be found on the Georgia Department of Revenue website.

The bill also allows volunteer firefighters to apply for or renew a driver’s license without having to pay a fee. If the firefighter brings a current copy of his or her certification and a letter from the CEO of the official entity that operates the fire department on company letterhead, there will not be the normal $20 processing fee for the application or renewal.

“Volunteer firefighters willingly put themselves in harm’s way to make Georgia a safer place to live,” said Sen. Murphy. “This is a small gesture from the state to say thank you for their outstanding service and sacrifice.”

This portion of the law will going into effect starting January 1, 2015.


For Immediate Release:


May 2, 2014


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