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Out-of-state disabled placard is legit

My elderly father is visiting from Florida until the summer and has brought his valid Florida Disability Permit with him to use when I drive him around Medford. Today, I received a courtesy notice stating, "Out-of-state permits are not valid for people living in Oregon (ORS 811.602). If you are a visitor to the state, please disregard this notice."

Can I use his Florida permit when I park with him in a handicap slot, or does the visitor notation mean that it had to be his Florida-plated vehicle displaying his Florida Disability Permit?

— Harry T.

No problems here, Harry. What you're doing is just fine. Our parking-enforcement folks give these courtesy notices in lieu of tickets if there's a possibility you might be in violation and not know what the Oregon law says.

Oregon honors disabled parking permits from all other states, as long as they're valid permits. It doesn't matter what state the vehicle you're using is displaying, as long as the disabled parking permit is valid and being used by the person it's intended for.

The courtesy notice was designed to let you know that if your father had moved permanently to Oregon, then he should be surrendering his Florida placard and getting a new placard from Oregon.

Dace Cochran, a patrol sergeant with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, writes a regular Q&A column on police issues for the Mail Tribune. Have a question for him? Write to Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501, or e-mail cochradc@jacksoncounty.org.