The rules for handicap parking vary from state to state, but only in small details.
In Arizona, handicap parking regulations are governed by Ch 28, Sec 3, Art 14 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS).
In this short but comprehensive article, we’ll review these regulations and cover everything starting from the 3 Simple Steps on how to get a handicap parking permit in the state.
Ready to get into the details? Let’s start.
Handicap Parking in Arizona
In order to park in a handicapped parking space in Arizona, you need to be registered as a handicapped driver with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Upon registration, you are given a handicap hanger that hangs down from your rear-view mirror.
If you want to get a second handicap placard, either as a replacement or for another vehicle, you can do so by filling out the appropriate form.
Before getting into the steps, you should first know if you qualify because, despite the obvious reason that handicap parking is for drivers that are, well, handicapped, there are still several conditions before you can qualify for a handicap parking permit in Arizona. These include:
- If your handicap results in reduced or loss of mobility
- If you use a prosthetic limb
- If you have limited vision
- If you have lung or cardiac issues
You can check with your local DMV office for further details in case there exist any variations in your condition as otherwise stated.
According to the Arizona DMV, in order to actually receive a handicap parking placard once you have applied, you need to meet at least one of a variety of different conditions. You need to be unable to either walk 200 feet without stopping or unable to walk without assistance. “Assistance” is defined as either another person or an item like a crutch, cane, or wheelchair. You may also have a lung disease with forced respiratory, use portable oxygen, or have a cardiac condition with “Class 3” or “Class 4” functional limitations. You may also have a limited ability to walk due to arthritis or some other condition. Meeting any one of these conditions qualifies you for a handicapped parking placard for your car.
Note: A placard needs to be displayed clearly by hanging it to your rearview mirror or placing it on your car’s dashboard or license plates. It should also be affixed securely to your vehicle. Failure to comply with these can result in a fine.
Also, don’t forget that a handicapped parking permit in Arizona can either be temporary or permanent. Also, both types have expiration dates so you must renew it on time if you don’t want to pay a fine or go through the application process all over again.
Once confirmed that you qualify, follow these three simple steps to get your permit.
Step 1. Form 96-0104
Download and print form 96-0104 from the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles website. Form 96-0104 is the application for a handicapped license plate/rear-view mirror hanger, also called a placard.
Step 2. A Doctor’s Signature
Once you’ve filled out form 96-0104 with information about your disability, take the form to your doctor or a hospital administrator and have him sign it.
Note that your form cannot be processed without the signature of your doctor or hospital administrator, even if you already have an existing handicap placard with the state of Arizona.
Step 3. The Department of Motor Vehicles
Take your completed and signed form 96-0104 to an Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles location. You can check the list of DMV office locations here.
After submission, your application will be processed and, as long as it meets the appropriate criteria, you will be issued a handicap placard for your vehicle.
Don’t forget that there is no fee for this service from the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles and if you are from another state, your handicapped parking permit will be honored in Arizona
Getting a Handicap Parking Permit in Arizona is really easy – fill out Form 96-0104, secure your doctor’s signature, and submit it to the nearest DMV office in your area – and that’s it!
So, what are you waiting for?