If you do not automatically get a Freedom Pass (discretionary criteria)

Part of: Disabled Person's Freedom Pass

If you do not meet the automatic eligibility criteria, you might be able to apply under the 'discretionary criteria'.

If you meet any of these criteria, apply for a Disabled Person's Freedom pass with the right evidence.

If you're profoundly or severely deaf

You need to provide an audiological report showing hearing loss of 70 dB HL.

If you're without speech

You need to provide medical evidence of a speech impediment.

If you have a disability or injury that affects your ability to walk

If you get certain benefits because of your disability or injury, you might be automatically eligible for a Freedom Pass – check which benefits make you automatically eligible.

If you're not automatically eligible, you need to provide evidence of your walking difficulties and the underlying medical condition.

You'll also need to have a mobility assessment at the Whittington Health Trust. Once you've been referred to the assessors, you'll receive a letter inviting you to attend an appointment.

If you do not have arms or have a long-term loss of use of both arms

You need to provide both:

  • supporting medical evidence from a certified expert assessor to verify your disability and how your car has been adapted
  • proof of vehicle registration or insurance documents containing statements that also confirm this

If you've registered your vehicle with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), you can also provide a copy of both sides of your UK driving licence photocard.

If you have a learning disability

If you've been assessed as eligible by the learning disability team, you need to provide:

  • details of your key worker from the learning disability team
  • a full copy of your assessment and your education, care and health plan (EHCP)

If you're denied a driving licence because you're medically unfit to drive

You might be denied a driving licence because of:

  • epilepsy (unless it's a type of epilepsy that does not pose a danger)
  • a severe mental disorder
  • liability to sudden attacks of giddiness or fainting
  • inability to read a registration plate in good light at 20 metres (with lenses, if you wear them)
  • any other disability that means you might be a danger to the public if you drive a vehicle

If this criteria applies to you, you need to provide:

  • medical evidence from your GP dated within the last 12 months
  • a recent letter from the DVLA that shows refusal or withdrawal of your licence for a minimum of 12 months

You cannot apply if you've been denied a driving licence because of drugs or alcohol.