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Can I get an Handicap Placard at AAA

Can I get an handicap placard at AAA

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American Automobile Association (AAA) is a federation of motor clubs throughout North America. AAA is a privately held not-for-profit national member association and service organisation in the United States and Canada.

The AAA is known for it’s occasional high-profile motorist advisories. AAA Roadside assistance provides paid service provided which includes: changing flat tires, towing, bringing fuel, battery assistance and locksmith. These service can be used in case of emergency. The member of AAA needs to call AAA’s telephone number or reach out on their website to get the required assistance. As of December 2022, there are 3 different plans and the prices range offered by AAA between $59 and $128 per year. It is one of the best and trusted roadside assistance services in the United States.

Defining a Persons with Disability Parking Placard

Special parking privileges are available for the people who have certain disabilities. The ones with disabilities who are certified by a health care provider as permanently disabled are eligible for a “Handicap Placard or a permanent Persons with Disability Parking Placard.” Those whose disability is temporary may be eligible for a temporary Persons with Disability Parking Placard.
A “Handicap Placard or Persons Disability Parking Placard” is issued to the disabled person for their personal use to transport the person with a disability and should only be used when that person is being transported in the vehicle.

Does AAA provide handicap placards at AAA

AAA is committed in assisting it’s members outsmart their everyday  life road blocks. AAA is happy to assist it’s current members with listed DMV services in most of our AAA branches. For more information, visit
AAA branches in California offer the following services:

  • Renew vehicle registration
  • Renew boat/trailer registration
  • Get duplicate registration certificates and temporary operation permits
  • Disabled plates and temporary disabled placards.
  • Order personalized plates
  • Order duplicate plates
  • Reinstate registrations suspended due to lapse in insurance
  • Register vehicles from out of state
  • Get replacement registration stickers
  • Register and renew Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV)
  • Get duplicate title
  • Transfer ownership
  • Get International Driving Permit (IDP)

Can I get a handicapped placard at AAA if I’m not a member?

Only the members at AAA can get their handicap placard from AAA. In order to get  a membership at AAA you can apply online or you can find the nearest local AAA office by calling on 866-222-6595 or browse at the AAA website.

*How much does the AAA membership costs?The AAA offers it’s membership at different levels as per your comfort:

  1. The Classic/Basic: costs 40$-74$ (For limited distance from home)
  2. AAA Plus: 60$-124$ (For regular drive upto 10 miles from home)
  3. AAA Premie: 77$-164$ (Frequent)

How do I get a handicap placard from AAA

Step by step process of getting a handicap placard from AAA

 In order to apply for a disabled/handicap parking permit:

  • If you are applying in-person, an appointment is supposed to be taken.  Make an appointment here.
  • Complete “Part A” of the application form – Permanent permit form , Temporary permit form
  • Forms can also be obtained at any AAA Office  Application for Disabled Parking Placard/Plate (Form MAB100)  (PDF), which must include medical certification by any of the following:
  • #Medical Doctor.
  • #Chiropractor.
  • #Physician Assistant.
  • #Registered Nurse.
  • #Osteopath.
  • #Optometrist (for legal blindness ONLY), or by contacting the AAA Contact Centre 
  • Temporary permits have a $5 application fee. 
  • *NOTE: The application cannot be faxed or emailed to DMV.*
  • After having “Part B” completed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, psychiatrist (under contract or employed by the USVA), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), ophthalmologist, optometrist, or a member of the Connecticut Board of Services and Education for the Blind.
  • NOTE: Make sure that the medical documents are submitted with the doctor’s and the applicant’s signatures.

How long does it takes to get a handicap placard in California?

It takes approximately 4 weeks to receive your disabled placard or plates after you have successfully submitted your application.  

Types of Handicap/Disability  Placard Permits. Are these free and if not then how much do they cost?:

One can get their Application for Disabled Person Placard by going to their nearest local American Automobile Association (AAA) Office or printing the documents online.
There are two types of handicap/diability placard permits:-Temporary and Permanent permits. A permit requires certification from a medical professional for verification.
Permits for the Temporary Disabilityhave a$5 application fee and are valid for up to six months from the date of issue.
A permit for a Permanent Disability has no application cost and are valid for the same term as of a drivers license. The permit holder will receive a renewal notice approximately 45 days prior to expiration. 
NOTE: Disabilities or blindness can be certified for minors, however, please bear in mind that the minor must meet the same criteria for disability or blindness. 

Different types of Handicap Placard

There are 3 types of disability/handicap placards: 
*The Red placards- are for people with temporary disabilities, and temporary permits. … *The Dark blue placards- are for those with permanent disabilities. Though these permits indicate a permanent disability, they may still be subject to renewal periods.*The Light blue placards- are for “wheelchair users only” specific parking spaces. The renewal period varies by state.

Can I get 2 handicap placards?

If a disabled driver has a second car registered in this/her name or a member of the driver’s immediate family who resides with the driver the he/she can apply for a second placard. The second placard shall be issued without any additional charges.
The Permanent placards get expired within two years from the date of issue.

How do you read a handicap placard:

The Permanent disability placards have an identification number at the top andbeneath the identification number there may be a place which indicates the last two digits of the issuers birth year as well as an expiration date for the placard.

Can I use my handicap placard in another state?

In general, if you have a valid handicap parking permit from your state then the placard should be valid in all 50 states. States like New York and Florida always recognise handicap placards, even if the permit holder is from out of state.

What if I have replaced my placard permit:

If your permit is lost, stolen or damaged then you can apply for a replacement stating the reason for the same. You must have a valid Connecticut driver’s license or identification card to complete the application.What to do:

  • Complete the application at Permanent permit form.  If your permit has an expiration date, you only need to complete “Part A” of the form.  There is no fee for the replacement of the placard permit for a permanent disability. Temporary permits have a $5 replacement fee.

Who can park/use in handicap parking and how to use one

When you receive your handicap permit, the issuer is the only one who is legally allowed to use it. He/She can use it as either the driver or passenger of the vehicle, but make sure that you are  present when the placard is displayed.

Misusing the placard in any manner could result as cancellation of the permit, fines and other penalties. Therefore, your placard is of no value if it is not displayed in a way that parking enforcement officials are unable to see the placard from a reasonable distance and read the pertinent information on it.

A placard left on a seat or tossed upside down on the dashboard are grounds for a ticket.Make sure that Handicap/Disabled parking placards are hung over rear-view mirrors or placed face-up on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel with the registration information and it’s expiration date clearly visible through the windshield.If the information is not visible to a passing parking enforcement official, there’s a high possibility that it can be legally assumed that the placard is invalid. Information on the placard must not only be visible, it must also be legible. If stains or tears on the placard compromise legibility, replace the placard immediately.

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