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Freedom Passes for disabled people

Freedom PassThe Disabled Freedom Pass gives free travel on most public transport in London at any time.

Please note that there have been some recent changes to eligibility: see Who is Eligible.

See also: Freedom Passes for older people

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Where you can use a Freedom Pass

You can use a Disabled Freedom Pass on most public transport in London at any time. Travel times on National Rail should be checked.

You can also travel free at certain times on local bus services anywhere in England, subject to satisfactory completion of certain criteria.

The pass is not valid on light railway, tram or train services outside London.

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Who is eligible

We are no longer funding Freedom Passes for people with a mental health disability who would not otherwise qualify for a statutory disabled persons’ Freedom Pass. We sent a letter to every Freedom Pass holder (25kB) to explain the changes.

You may be eligible for a Freedom Pass from Merton Council if you are an adult or a child, resident in the London Borough of Merton and you:

  • are blind or partially sighted
  • are profoundly or severely deaf
  • are without the use of both arms
  • are without speech
  • have a learning disability
  • have a physical impairment, which is enduring and substantial and has a significant effect on your mobility
  • have a medical condition (such as epilepsy) which impacts upon your ability to drive

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Apply for a Freedom Pass

To be considered for a Freedom pass you need to download the Freedom Pass Application Form and post to us at the address below.

You can also choose to request a paper copy of the application form with a stamped addressed envelope by contacting the Disabled Freedom Pass Administrator below.  

Please read through your application forms carefully and be sure to supply all the relevant documentation.  Failure to do so will prevent your application being process quickly.  If you have any questions or require assistance with filling in your application forms please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Proof of residency and identity

You must provide acceptable proof of residency and proof of identity.

The following documents are acceptable as proofs of identity:

  • Photocard or paper driving licence
  • Passport photo page (current or expired)
  • UK local residents’ parking permit
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Asylum Registration Card or SAL
  • NHS Medical Card
  • Certificate of Entitlement to the Higher Rate Mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance OR Official Letter of Award of the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (If dated within the last three months, this also counts as proof of residence)

The following documents are acceptable as proofs of residency:

  • Council or Housing Trust rent book
  • Tenancy agreement
  • Council Tax bill, TV licence/exemption letter
  • Flat or house contents insurance
  • Benefits or Pension book/ Utility bill e.g. gas, electricity, phone, water (must be an original) dated within the last three months
  • Domiciliary Care bill dated within the last three months
  • Certificate of Entitlement to the Higher Rate Mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance OR Official Letter of Award of the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement dated within the last 12 months

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Related websites

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Contact us

Freedom Passes for adults:

Disabled Freedom Pass Administrator
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8274 4901

Freedom Passes for children:

Children's Freedom Pass Administrator
Cricket Green Polyclinic
4 Birches Close
Mitcham
CR4 4LQ

Telephone: 020 8545 4200

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This page was last updated on Wednesday 17 April 2013