Disability Privileges

disability privilegesIllegal Use or Misuse of Disability Privileges

Sec 4461 of the California Penal Code penalizes the misuse of handicap placards for parking and other purposes. These are as follows:


  1. Lending another person your validly issued handicap placard to an individual not entitled to use such handicap placards;
  2. Knowing permission to use by another individual who is not entitled to this benefit;
  3. Display of a disability parking placard not validly issued to the user by the Department of Motor Vehicles;
  4. Use of another's vehicle that displays a valid disability placard and parking in a spot reserved for disabled persons.

These provisions exempt an individual when actively transporting a disabled person.

When convicted of this offense, the following are the applicable penalties: 

  • Civil penalties between $250 and $1,000;
  • Misdemeanor offense with an imposable penalty of up to six (6) months in a county jail and a fine between $250 and $1,000;
  • In lieu of the fines or in addition to the aforementioned, the court may in its discretion impose a $1,500 civil penalty.