The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles says it is phasing-out all permanent disability parking permits with a “lifetime” designation. The DMV stopped issuing new lifetime permits in January and will phase-out permits that have already been issued over the next several years.
Permanently disabled people will receive new permits that have expiration dates and that will require renewals, the agency said on Tuesday. Instructions will come with a notice about how to obtain a new permit, which will link to renewal of the individual’s driver license or ID card.
“Although we are changing the process, we wanted it to be easy for customers to renew their permits at a time when they have to visit the DMV for license or ID card business,” said Commissioner Robert Ward.
Officials hope the change will reduce the fraudulent use of disabled parking permits. Currently, there are roughly 310,000 permanent parking placards with lifetime designations in use across Connecticut.