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Disabled Persons Railcard for people with epilepsy

These pages are about benefits in the UK. If you are looking for information about benefits in another country, please contact your local epilepsy organisation

Am I eligible?

If you have epilepsy, you are eligible for a Disabled Persons Railcard if:

  • You still have seizures even though you take epilepsy medicine, or
  • You are not allowed to drive because of your epilepsy

To prove this you will need to provide:

  • A copy of your Medical Exemption Certificate for epilepsy medicine, and
  • A photocopy of your prescription for your epilepsy medicine

Or:

  • A copy of your Medical Exemption Certificate for epilepsy medicine, and
  • A letter from DVLA or DVA  stating you are unable to drive

If you don’t have an exemption certificate, for example if you live in Wales, then you would only need to send in a covering letter from a medical professional with your prescription.

You will probably not be entitled to a Disabled Persons Railcard if you don’t take epilepsy medicine. You may qualify if you get certain benefits. Check the Disabled Persons Railcard website for more information about eligibility.

How much does it cost?

£20 for one year or £54 for 3 years.

What will I get?

You will get one third off adult rail fares for travel on the National Rail network in England, Scotland and Wales. There are no time restrictions, so you can use it to get a discount on tickets at any time.
If you travel with another adult, they will also get one third off their rail fare.

Disabled Persons Railcard holders can register their discount onto an Oyster card to get one third off Oyster pay as you go single fares and daily caps on National Rail, London Underground and Docklands Light Railway services.

If you live in a London council you may be able to apply for a Freedom Pass.

Children aged from 5 to 15 years will pay the normal child’s train fare. However, if a child has a Disabled Persons Railcard, one adult who is travelling with them can claim a discount of one third off their own adult’s fare.

I live in Northern Ireland. Can I get a Disabled Persons Railcard?

You can get a Disabled Persons Railcard to use for train journeys in England, Scotland and Wales, but you can’t use it in Northern Ireland. See the Half Fare Smartpass information for details of discounted bus and rail travel in Northern Ireland.

How do I apply?

You can apply online. Or you can get an application form from any of the following places:

  • Some railway stations
  • Call the Disabled Persons Railcard office on 0345 605 0525
  • Epilepsy Action

Epilepsy Action has a list of useful organisations for support with benefits.

Code: 
F133.05
Event Date: 
Friday 11 December 2015 - 09:30

This information has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.

  • Updated April 2019
    To be reviewed April 2020

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