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Ensure Diagnosis is Stated on Disabled Parking Applications - or Pay the Consequences
Posted on: 8/1/2013

Re-certification for patients participating in the new Persons with Disabilities Parking Program is in full swing, and the Illinois Secretary of State's Office reports that a number of re-certification forms and new applications are missing the medical diagnosis.

The line indicating the nature of the disability is being checked, but in many instances the diagnosis information is incomplete. The state office needs this information to identify the reason for the limited mobility/disability before they can determine eligibility for disabled parking placards or license plates, or for meter-exempt status.

There are penalties for infractions, and enforcement of the new rules is to start on Jan. 1, 2014. Visit the Secretary of State's Persons with Disabilities webpage for future updates.

Falsifying disability information is a crime - for physicians and patients

That's right; a physician could lose his or her driving privileges and be faced with a fine for falsifying information about the nature of a patient's disability when signing off on qualifications for disability license plates or parking placards. Patients need to know the penalties involved when erroneous information is submitted! Print this poster for your patient waiting area to help ward off unreasonable requests for driving placards.

Questions? Call the office of Persons with Disabilities License Plates/Placard Unit at 217-782-2709.

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