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Applying for an EU parking card for people with disabilities

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: 

Driver’s card

  • 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. 

Passenger’s card 

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.

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.

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).

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Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch: Applying for an EU parking card for people with disabilities

Please note: You can only apply for an EU parking card for people with disabilities if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.

A parking card for people with disabilities allows you to park in general parking spaces for people with disabilities. The card is valid for up to 5 years, personal and not linked to a license plate.  

The parking card for people with disabilities is valid in most European countries, check this on the ANWB website.  You can find the full conditions for the disabled parking card scheme on the Gonernment.nl website.  

There are three types of disabled parking cards

  • Driver's permit; you drive the vehicle yourself and you have restrictions that prevent you from walking further than 100 metres for six months or more. 
  • Passenger card; you depend on the transport of others and cannot be left alone at your destination because of your disability. You will then receive a passenger card. 
  • Institution; your institution transports disabled people. You can then apply for a disabled parking card for institutions.

Apply for a parking card for people with disabilities

You can apply by telephone by calling the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch on +31 73 615 51 55. 

Renew your parking card for people with disabilities

Renew your parking card? Contact the municipality at least 8 weeks before your card expires by calling +31 73 615 51 55. 

Necessary for the application

A medical examination is usually required. A doctor will examine your impediments or handicap. If necessary, the doctor will request information from your specialist or GP and then give advice to the municipality. You will then receive a letter stating whether or not you will receive a parking card for people with disabilities. 

Costs

There are costs involved in applying for a parking card for people with disabilities. You will receive a letter with information on how and when to pay that fee. Does the medical examination later show that you are not entitled to a disabled parking badge? If so, the money will not be refunded. 

How long does it take

An application takes about 8 weeks. You will be notified when the parking card for people with disabilities is ready. Bring the notice and your proof of identity with you. Have you authorized someone? Then this person must bring your authorization and their own proof of identity. 

Stolen or lost

Keep the original parking card for people with disabilities in the car. They are often stolen. We recommend using a photo safe in your car. Has your card been stolen? Report it to the police immediately. You will need the official report if you want to apply for a new parking card for people with disabilities. Have you lost your parking card for people with disabilities? Then you can apply for a new one. There is also a fee to apply for a new parking card for people with disabilities. 

Rules for parking in a parking bay for people with a disabilities

You park in spaces reserved for the disabled. You can recognize this parking space by the blue traffic sign with the wheelchair. You must observe the time limit if it applies to a parking space for people with disabilities. 

You can park for free in paid parking spaces and you may park unlimited in a blue zone with a time limit. 

You may park for a maximum of 3 hours in places where parking is prohibited. Please use your blue parking disc and make sure your car does not obstruct other road users. This includes cyclists and pedestrians. 

Further information

For applications, costs and conditions, please contact the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch by phone or WhatsApp +31 73 615 51 55 or send an e-mail via the digital contact form.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch

Visiting addresses

Hoff van Hollantlaan 1

5243SR Rosmalen

Opening hours
Monday
08.30 - 17.00
Tuesday
08.30 - 12.00
Wednesday
08.30 - 20.00
Thursday
08.30 - 12.00
Friday
08.30 - 17.00
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Wolvenhoek 1

5211HH 's-Hertogenbosch

Opening hours
Monday
08.30 - 17.00
Tuesday
08.30 - 17.00
Wednesday
08.30 - 17.00
Thursday
08.30 - 20.00
Friday
08.30 - 17.00
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
Last updated on 26 September 2022