Just read an article in the Los Times about a handicapped parking crackdown at the shopping center known as Glendale Galleria (Glendale, California). http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...htmlstory.html
I was startled by the caption under one of the pictures in the article. In the picture a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) officer is citing a driver for a handicapped parking violation. Clearly seen in the picture is a young girl sitting in a wheelchair, and yet the citation was made. Seems, as the caption reads, "An undercover Department of Motor Vehilces officer issues a citation to a family parking in a disabled parking spot with an out of state placard."
For years, I've been under the impression that California had reciprocity with out of state jurisdictions to recognize other state's parking placards or license plates. Turns out that isn't the case.
California DMV has four types of parking placards. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/de...t_facts/ffvr07
Types of DP Parking Placards
- Permanent parking placard for permanent disabilities. Valid for two years and expires on June 30 of every odd-numbered year.
- Temporary parking placard for temporary disabilities. Valid for up to 180 days (six months) or the date noted by your qualifying licensed medical professional on the application, whichever timeframe is less and cannot be renewed more than six times consecutively.
- Travel parking placard for California residents who currently have a permanent DP parking placard or DP or DV license plates. Valid for 30 days from the date DMV issues it.
- Travel parking placard for nonresidents who plan to travel in California and have a permanent disability and/or DV plates. Valid for up to 90 days or the date noted by your licensed medical professional on the application, whichever time frame is less.
So it appears that you need to apply for a California travel parking placard if you are from out of state. You can't use your out of state parking placard to park in handicapped parking spots in California. You'd probably okay if you used you out of state parking placard in California. Most of the time, no one would take a second look. But you are taking a chance that you could be cited. See another Los Angeles Times article: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-f...205-story.html