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 different documents depending on where in the UK you live:
- A copy of your medical exemption certificate. This is the one that entitles you to free prescriptions and
- A photocopy of your prescription for your epilepsy medicine
- A copy of your prescription for epilepsy medicine or
- A letter from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) stating you are unable to drive
- A copy of your prescription for epilepsy medicine and
- A letter from your GP
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 such as Personal Independence Payment. 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 area 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 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 Nidirect website for details of discounted 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
You can choose to have either a digital railcard on your phone or a plastic card.
Epilepsy Action has a list of useful organisations for support with benefits.
If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Action freephone Helpline on 0808 800 5050.
This information has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.
- Updated April 2021To be reviewed April 2022