Do you have a disability? Would you like access to parking spaces that make parking easier and are close to shops or your office? Then you can apply for a European Union (EU) parking card for people with disabilities. You can apply if you have had a disability for at least 6 months and with the help of crutches or a walking frame cannot walk more than 100 metres on your own.
You must be able to prove that you are entitled to an EU parking card for people with disabilities. This requires a medical examination by a medical examiner. The municipality will arrange this for you. To qualify for an EU parking card for people with disabilities you should not able to walk more than 100 metres on your own, even with aids such as crutches or a walking frame. Is your disability chronic? Is your municipality is already aware of your disability? Then a medical examination is not required.
There are 2 types of EU parking cards for people with disabilities:
- You can drive yourself with a driver's card. These are the conditions for a driver's card:
- you have a driving licence;
- the driver's card is registered to you as a person, so you do not need to have your own vehicle;
- you cannot walk more than 100 metres, even with disability aids.
These are the conditions for a passenger card:
- you cannot drive yourself;
- you cannot walk more than 100 metres, even with disability aids;
- you always need your driver to help you from door to door;
- the passenger's card is only for your personal use.
Children under the age of 18 may also be eligible for their own passenger's card. They must meet the same conditions.
A combined driver’s and passenger’s card is also available.
Do you have a disabled person's parking card from another country in the EU? In that case, this card is also valid in the Netherlands. Do you want to renew your disabled parking card? If so, you can apply for a new disabled parking card in the Netherlands. The Dutch conditions will then apply.
You can apply for an EU parking card for people with disabillities through your municipality
Not registered with a municipality
If you are not registered with a municipality, you will need to apply for an EU parking card for people with disabilities at the Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen – CBR (central office for driving licences).
Renewing your parking card for people with disabilities after 5 years
Your EU parking card for people with disabilities is valid for a maximum of 5 years. If doctors expect you to recover from your disability within 5 years, your card’s validity period may be shorter. You can apply to renew your EU parking card for people with disabilities through your municipality. Do so in enough time before the expiry date, as your municipality will need time to assess your application.
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
Parking card for people with disabilities
There are three types of cards:
- Driver card: If you are physically limited but can drive a car independently.
- Passenger card: If you are physically limited and cannot drive a car independently. You depend on a driver.
- Institution card: If you are staying in a healthcare institution. The institution can receive an institution card.
You can also apply for a combination of a driver card and a passenger card. For example, if you are permanently wheelchair bound.
- The parking card is in the name of a person.
- The parking ticket is not registered.
- You can use the card for any car.
- The parking card is valid for a maximum of 5 years.
Are you applying for a disabled parking card? Then a medical authority will examine your physical disability. The municipality determines which authority.
You can only apply for a disabled parking card if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
- valid ID
- a recent passport photo
- debit card for payment
The application has 3 phases:
Submit your completed and signed application form to the Wmo department.
The WMO consultant forwards your application to an independent consultancy. An expert from this agency will investigate whether the requested facility is medically necessary. Subsequently, the independent consultancy will issue an indication recommendation to the municipality. With an extension after 5 years, a new medical examination is not always necessary. If the grant is awarded for less than 5 years, a new medical examination will take place upon renewal.
The Wmo consultant advises the Municipal Executive. You will be notified once the Board has made a decision.
The disabled parking card costs: € 97.45
The disabled parking card including medical examination costs: € 190.00
You will receive a message from the mayor and aldermen within 8 weeks of submitting the application. This notice will contain either a decision or a letter stating why the deadline has been exceeded and when you can expect a decision.