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Governor signs bill that helps disabled Georgians, firefighters



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May 13, 2014
ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 298 into law on April 24, updating several sections of regulations for the Department of Driver Services including a new way for a person with a disability to get access to special parking services.

It allows a doctor's statement to replace a signed, notarized affidavit as proof for someone to obtain a special parking decal or placard when a notary public is not present in the doctor's office.

"It is important that Georgians who need access to special parking spaces have a simple way of getting them," said Sen. Jack Murphy (R-Cumming), the bill's sponsor.

"This streamlined process removes an obstacle and saves potential headaches."

To apply for a disabled person's parking decal or placard, take a notarized MV-9D form or signed doctor's statement to the local county tag office.

The bill also allows volunteer firefighters to apply for or renew a driver's license without having to pay a fee.

If the firefighter brings a current copy of his or her certification and a letter from the chief executive officer of the official entity that operates the fire department on company letterhead, there will not be the normal $20 processing fee for the application or renewal.

"Volunteer firefighters willingly put themselves in harm's way to make Georgia a safer place to live," said Murphy. "This is a small gesture from the state to say thank you for their outstanding service and sacrifice."

This portion of the law will go into effect starting Jan. 1, 2015.

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