Disabled Parking Cards

You can apply for a parking permit to allow you to park in disabled parking spaces in Ireland and the EU if you are a person with severe restricted mobility or are certified as blind.

The permit is available if you are a driver or passenger of a vehicle. It is valid for 2 years from the issue date.

The scheme is run in Ireland by the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) and the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA).

It costs €35 to apply and you can apply online to the IWA or the DDAI. They will ask you some questions to check if you qualify and then send you an application form by email or post.

The parking permit is known as the Disabled Person’s Parking Card or Permit and the EU Parking Card for People with disabilities.

Check if you qualify

You can apply for a card if you are a person with severe restricted mobility or are certified as blind.

You will need one of the following:

  • Have your medical practitioner or consultant certify that you meet the medical and mobility criteria.
  • Hold a Primary Medical Certificate. If so, you will automatically qualify, but you still need to apply for the card.
  • Be certified blind by The National Council of the Blind a GP, Ophthalmologist or Optician. You will still need to apply for the card.

You can check if you are eligible on the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland website or the Irish Wheelchair Association website.

How to apply for a Primary Medical Certificate

You must apply for the Primary Medical Certificate through your Local Health Office. A Primary Medical Card is very useful as you can use it for other related benefits such as to exempt yourself from paying VAT, motor tax and Vehicle Registration Tax.

How to use the parking card

You can use the card in any vehicle you are travelling in, either as a passenger or driver. This means you can bring the card with you and display it in the vehicle that you are driving or travelling in.

You can park in assigned disabled person’s parking spaces. These spaces have the wheelchair symbol painted on the ground or have a sign with a symbol displayed.

Parking offences and disabled spaces

It is an offence to park a vehicle in a disabled parking space unless you have a valid card. If you illegally park in a disabled parking space, you will get a parking fine of €150. This increases to €225 if not paid within 28 days.

Since 1 January 2023, the fixed charge amount for misusing a disabled parking badge is €200. This increases to €300 if you do not pay within 28 days.

Traffic wardens and members of An Garda Síochána have the power to request and inspect a parking card to ensure it is not being misused.

How to apply and renew

Two organisations offer the card in Ireland.

You can apply online on the website of the Irish Wheelchair Association, or email maats@iwa.ie.

You can apply online on the website of the Disabled Drivers Association or email parkingcard@ddai.ie.

A parking card costs €35. You can buy a windscreen holder which costs €2.

You will need to get a Garda at a Garda station to identify your photo and sign part of your application form.

Renewing a parking card

The parking card must be renewed every 2 years. You will receive a renewal form several weeks before your parking card is due to expire. So, if you change your address, you should tell the organisation that gave you the card.

If you have had any surgery or treatment that may have improved your mobility, you should include this information in the mobility section of the renewal form.

Replacing a lost parking card

If you lose, misplace or if your card is stolen, apply to the organisation that gave you the card: The Disabled Drivers Association or the Irish Wheelchair Association. You will have to pay the standard fee of €35 again.

Where to apply

Disabled Drivers Association

Parking Card Section

Tel: (094) 936 4054/4266 or (01) 8103794

Irish Wheelchair Association

Áras Cúchulainn
Blackheath Drive
Dublin 3
D03 AW62

Tel: +353 1 818 6400
Email: info@iwa.ie