Disabled Parking Permits in Arizona

How to obtain plates and placards

To qualify for disability parking plates or placards (sometimes referred to as “handicapped stickers”) in Arizona, the Medical Certification section on the application for a disability plate or placard must be completed by an authorized physician (doctor of medicine, osteopathy, podiatry or chiropractic, licensed to practice medicine in the United States), a registered nurse practitioner or by a hospital administrator. Applicants must meet one or more of these conditions:

  • The applicant is unable to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.
  • The applicant is unable to walk without help from another person or a brace, cane, crutch, wheelchair or other prosthetic or assistance device.
  • The applicant has lung disease that with forced respiratory, expiratory volume for one second, if measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the applicant's arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
  • The applicant uses portable oxygen.
  • The applicant has a cardiac condition with Class 3 or 4 functional limitations by American Heart Association standards.
  • The applicant is severely limited in ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.

The Application

You can download Arizona’s application for disability parking privileges.

Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards

Arizona issues three types of disability access parking privileges:

  • DISABILITY ACCESS LICENSE PLATE(S) (to include disability access military and motorcycle plates) are issued only for vehicles owned by persons with a disability as described above; and (b) organizations that transport persons with a disability. They are valid for five years.
  • DISABILITY ACCESS PLACARD(S) are issued only to persons with a disability, as described above, who have a long-term limitation or impairment in their ability to walk. They are valid for five years.
  • TEMPORARY DISABILITY ACCESS PLACARD(S) are issued only to persons with a disability, as described below, who have a temporary limitation or impairment in their ability to walk (not to exceed six months).

Abusing Disabled Parking Privileges

Parking in a disabled space without a permit in Arizona is a crime and the law is actively enforced in larger cities such as Pheonix. The fines range from $50 to $250, though they may higher in some cities. ARS  § 25-1598.

Out of state

Arizona recognizes out-of-state disability permits and all states and Canada recognize Arizona disability permits.

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