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    Disability Placards & Plates in Arizona

    If you’re an AZ resident with a disability, you can apply to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) for a disability parking permit.

    ADOT issues both placards and license plates to people with disabilities.

    It also offers plates if you’re hearing impaired, to help police officers and other drivers recognize your impairment.

    For more information about disability placards and plates in Arizona, including application information, keep reading below.

    Types of AZ Disability Placards & Plates

    ADOT issues the following disability license plates and placards:

    • Disability placards: Temporary, permanent, or hearing impaired.
    • License plates: Permanent disabilities or hearing impaired.

    NOTE: Hearing impairment placards and plates CANNOT be used for disabled parking.

    Organizations that regularly transport people with disabilities can also receive placards or license plates.

    Medical certification is required for individual applications.

    Visitors with Disabilities

    All states recognize each other’s disabled parking placards and license plates.

    If you are visiting Arizona from another state, you can use your placard or plate for disabled parking. You are subject to AZ parking regulations.

    Disabled Parking Regulations

    With a handicap parking placard or license plate, you can park in spaces and zones designated and signed for people with disabilities.

    A hearing impaired license plate DOES NOT give you disability parking privileges. It is issued so that police, ambulance, and other services and drivers are aware that you have this hearing impairment.

    Apply for an AZ Disability Permit or Plate

    If you have a qualifying disability, you can apply for a placard.

    To be eligible for a license plate, you must:

    • Own your vehicle.
      OR
    • Lease your vehicle.

    You can apply for disabled or hearing impaired placards and license plates:

    • By mail.
      OR
    • In person.

    To apply, you must submit:

    • A completed Disability-Hearing Impaired Plate/Placard Application (Form 96-0104).
    • Medical certification ON the application, completed by a licensed physician, osteopath, or chiropractor.
    • Payment for applicable fees:
      • Placards: Free.
      • License plates: Free.
      • Personalized plates: $25.
      • Special plates, such as historical plates: Fees vary.

    You may need additional documents for some license plates:

    • For special or personalized plates, also include the Special Plate Application (Form 96-0143).
    • If you lease your vehicle, include a lease document that shows your name on the lease.

    Submit your application and supporting documents:

    • By mail to:
      Mail Drop 801Z
      Special Plates Unit
      Motor Vehicle Division
      P.O. Box 2100
      Phoenix, AZ 85001
      OR
    • In person at an Arizona MVD office.

    Renew Disability Placards or Plates

    All disability placards and plates expire and must be renewed or reissued:

    • Temporary placards are valid for 6 months.
    • Permanent placards are valid for 5 years.
    • License plates are valid for the duration of your vehicle registration.

    Permanent or Hearing Impaired Placards

    For permanent or hearing impaired placard renewals, complete the Placard Renewal/Replacement Request (Form 40-0112).

    NOTE: Have the form notarized if you are submitting it by mail.

    Submit the form:

    • By mail to the address on the form.
      OR
    • In person at an AZ MVD office.

    Temporary Disability Placards

    For expired temporary disability placards, you must complete the application process again. See “Apply for an AZ Disability Permit” above.

    Disability or Hearing Impaired License Plate

    To renew an Arizona license plate for disability or hearing impairment, renew your vehicle registration.

    Replace Disability Plates & Placards in Arizona

    If your disability placard or license plate is lost, stolen, or damaged, you’ll need to request a replacement from ADOT.

    To replace a disability placard, complete the Placard Renewal/Replacement Request (Form 40-0112).

    Submit the application:

    • By mail to the address on the form.
      OR
    • In person at an AZ MVD office.

    Replacement placards are free.

    NOTE: If the Arizona DOT cannot find a record of your original application, you will have to reapply.

    To replace a license plate that has been lost, stolen, or damaged, see our Arizona lost registration page. Replacement license plates are $5.

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