Handicapped parking makes life in Florida a little easier for those who already have daily challenges in life. To prevent self-righteous individuals from taking advantage of these opportunities for the disabled, as well as to maintain order overall, Florida has handicapped-parking laws. These laws are dictated by the Florida legislature.
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To use handicapped parking, you must have a disabled-parking permit. To get one, you must fill out and submit application form HSMV 83039 to a tax collector's office along with payment for the permit (fees are based on the fee chart in the form). You also must show identification upon submission.
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If you have a disabled-parking permit, you may park for free wherever there are meters. There might be limits on how long you can park there, depending on the location.
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According to Florida statutes, you are are allowed to park in parking spots designated as handicapped only if your vehicle displays a permit or license plate showing that you are disabled.
Other U.S. Permits
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Disabled permits or license plates from other states displayed on a vehicle are valid in Florida.
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Handicapped-parking laws are enforced by state, county and municipal authorities in the same manner used to enforce other parking laws and ordinances. As of 2009, if you illegally park in a designated handicapped-parking space, you can be fined up to $250. If you use the permit of a disabled friend, relative or acquaintance, you can be fined up to $500 or receive six months of jail time.