Eligibility for a disability parking permit
Are you eligible for a disability parking permit in NSW? To confirm eligibility, you need a medical report from a doctor or specialist.
Proving you're eligible
Do you have a medical condition or disability that affects your walking or vision? If so, you may be eligible for a NSW Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit.
The permit lets you park in disability parking spaces and access certain concessions.
When you apply for a permit, you need to prove you're eligible. If someone else applies on your behalf, they also need to prove you're eligible.
Get a medical report
To confirm you're eligible for a permit, you need to provide medical proof of your eligibility. This medical check helps ensure people don't misuse the permit.
To do this, book an appointment with a medical doctor or specialist. Do this when you first apply for a permit. You may also need to do this when you renew your permit.
When you go to the doctor, take a Mobility parking scheme application form (PDF, 727.74 KB). Your doctor will complete and sign the medical section of the form.
See Applying for a permit for more details.
What criteria is used?
Doctors and other medical specialists use medical criteria to assess your eligibility for a permit.
They will check if you have a restricted walking ability. This may be due to a medical condition, injury or disability.
They will check if you:
- have a permanent or temporary loss of use of one or both legs
- have another permanent medical or physical condition that means your physical condition is detrimentally affected as a result of walking 100 metres
- require the use of crutches, a walking frame, callipers, scooter, wheelchair or other similar mobility aid
- are permanently blind (as defined by Australian Government).
If your doctor feels you don't meet the eligibility criteria, we can't issue you with a permit.
Permanent and clinically recognised disabilities
When you first apply for a permit, we record on our system if you have a permanent disability. This is also known as a clinically recognisable disability.
This means you may not need to provide proof of eligibility again when you renew a permit.
Permanent and clinically recognised disabilities include neurodegenerative disorders, paraplegia and cerebral palsy. See Declaring a clinically recognised disability (Service NSW).
What else you may need from your doctor
- If you're a NSW licence holder, ask your doctor if you also need a medical assessment for fitness to drive. You may need this if you have a new condition affecting your driving.
- To apply for a photo exemption for your permit, you need a supporting letter from your doctor. See Apply for a Disability parking permit for how to apply for a photo exemption.