How To Get A Handicap Sticker In Alaska

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If you’re looking for information on Alaska disability parking application, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll be going through the application process for an Alaska handicap tag in detail, so you can understand the next steps you need to take.

All residents of the state of Alaska with a disability should consider the benefits of a disabled parking permit. With a disabled parking placard, you’re free to avail of disabled parking spaces. These are parking spaces specially designed to accommodate larger vehicles (for example, for those who require a wheelchair ramp, or for organizations dedicated to transporting individuals with disabilities) and are well-located, reducing the need to walk long distances. This is invaluable for those who suffer from compromised mobility, who may otherwise find trips to their favorite locations difficult or even impossible.

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Image by AbsolutVision on Unsplash: We’re here to explain how to apply for a handicap sticker in Alaska.

What are the qualifying conditions for an Alaska handicap parking tag?

According to the Alaska DMV, the following medical conditions qualify for an AK disabled parking sticker:

  • Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping
  • Cannot walk safely without using a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device
  • Are restricted by lung disease
  • Use portable oxygen
  • Have a cardiac condition classified by Class III or Class IV according to the standards set by the American Heart Association
  • Are severely limited in your ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition

These are the same qualifying conditions that apply in most US states. If you have one of the above conditions, or think you qualify based on a condition related to the above list, you should discuss your options with a licensed Alaska medical professional, such as a physician, nurse practitioner or physical therapist. You can organize a consultation with a physician through Dr. Handicap – we have physicians available for virtual consultations in every US state.

How to apply for a handicap sticker in Alaska

The first step towards applying for your permit is to complete your physician’s consultation, as you will need proof of their certification to validate your application. It’s best to complete the application form with your details prior to your consultation. You can find this form online at the Alaska DMV website. Alternatively, you can call into your local DMV office in person to collect one. The form also contains additional information on applying for your permit, so you can consult the FAQ page on the form if you need further clarification.

Next, you need to organize your consultation. After this roughly ten-minute discussion, your physician will give details of your disability and certify your form with their signature.

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Image by Joris Beugels on Unsplash: Below, we summarize the Alaska disability parking application process.

Depending on the nature of your disability, you will be eligible for either a permanent or temporary placard. Temporary placards are valid for up to six months, after which time you will need to complete an additional medical consultation to apply for another one. Permanent placards expire after five years, so make sure you are aware of your permit’s expiration date. You will not need to complete another medical consultation to renew. Permanently disabled drivers can also receive a set of disabled parking plates at no charge if they prefer – however, only the first set of these is free; future replacements will incur a fee. Your physician will indicate which of these types of permit you are eligible for.

To submit your application, go to your local Alaska DMV office with your application form, ID, and any required supporting documents (such as your driving license or car registration details).

How to get a handicap sticker in Alaska: a summary

To quickly summarize the above instructions on how to get a handicap sticker in Alaska, let’s take a look at a quick reminder of the process:

  1. Obtain the application form and complete your sections
  2. Organize your online consultation with an Alaska medical professional
  3. Receive your physician’s signature of certification on the application form
  4. Submit your application to your local DMV

We hope that this guide has made the process of applying for an AK disabled parking tag much simpler!

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