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 589.22KB). 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).
Applicants that have an intellectual, psychiatric or cognitive impairment must meet at least one of the eligibility criteria above to be considered eligible.
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.