Disabled Parking Permits in Alaska
How to obtain plates and placards
To qualify for disability parking plates or placards (sometimes referred to as “handicapped stickers”) in Alaska, you must meet one of the conditions described below and must obtain a licensed physician’s certification prior to the initial issuance of disability access placards:
- you cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to rest; or
- you cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device; or
- you are restricted by lung disease to such an extent that your forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm.hg on room air at rest; or
- you use portable oxygen; or
- you have a cardiac condition to the extent that your functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association; or
- you are severely limited in your ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.
You can seek either plates or a placard by sending in Alaska’s application for disability parking identification. You may also apply at your local DMV.
Types of Disability Access Parking Plates and Placards
Alaska issues two types of disability access parking plates/placards:
- Permanent placards are issued only to persons with a disability, as described above, who have a long-term limitation or impairment in their ability to walk.
- Temporary disability access placards 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
Law enforcement officers may enforce disability parking restrictions in public or private lots that indicate the restriction by reserved parking signs or blue painted curbs. Any citizen or property owner may request such enforcement. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $500.00, along with having the placard or plates confiscated. DMV may cancel the disability parking placard or plates of any person or organization that uses them improperly. (AS 28.35.235. Unauthorized Use of Parking Reserved For Persons With Disabilities; Penalties).
Out of state
Alaska recognizes out-of-state disability permits. However, not all states may recognize Alaska disability permits.