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Who can get a disabled person's Freedom Pass

You can apply for a disabled person's Freedom Pass if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are blind or partially sighted.
  • You are profoundly or severely deaf.
  • You are without speech.
  • You have a disability or you have suffered an injury which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to walk.
  • You do not have arms or you have a long-term loss of the use of both arms.
  • You have a learning disability that is defined as a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning.
  • You would have an application for a motor vehicle licence refused under section 92 of the Transport Act 2000 (physical fitness) other than on the grounds of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol.

When you can automatically get the pass

You'll automatically get the disabled person's Freedom Pass if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • receive the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • receive eight points or more in the 'moving around' component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • receive a PIP specifically for the 'communicating verbally' activity
  • receive the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
  • are severely blind or partially sighted.

You should automatically get the pass if you're able to provide evidence showing that you:

  • are profoundly or severely deaf
  • are without speech
  • have no arms or have lost the use of both arms
  • have a learning disability
  • have a mental health condition.

When you may be able to get the pass

You may be able to get the pass if you have a disability which means you have difficulty walking. In this case, you may need to attend a mobility assessment at the Woolwich Centre.

You may also be able to get the pass if you have any of the following:

  • epilepsy
  • sudden fainting attacks
  • inability to read a registration number plate at 20.5 metres with lenses or glasses
  • any other disability that means that driving could be a risk for the public.

You must provide specific details of your condition in these cases. The mobility team will contact you after it gets your application to advise you.

The eligibility criteria for the disabled person's Freedom Pass is complex so we may ask you to provide further supporting medical information.

Disabled children under five

Children under the age of five are entitled to free travel so you don't need to apply for a disabled person's Freedom Pass for your child until they're five or nearly five.

If you're disabled and under 18

If you're under 18 and disabled, it's better to apply for a Freedom Pass than to use free travel for under-18s because the Freedom Pass includes free travel on trains.

Apply for a disabled person's Freedom Pass

Automatic qualification

If you currently receive any of the benefits stated below, you will automatically qualify for the Disabled Persons Freedom Pass:

  • the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • eight points or more in the 'moving around' component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Parents of disabled children

If you think your child is eligible for a Freedom Pass, you can apply for one on his or her behalf. Children under five years of age do not need a Freedom Pass to travel free on buses and trains.