Freedom Pass for disabled people

The Freedom Pass for disabled people gives free travel on:

  • most public transport in London 24 hours a day
  • most National Rail services within the London area after 9.30am and all day at weekends and on public holidays
  • local bus services in the rest of England

The Freedom Pass for disabled people is funded by The London Borough of Waltham Forest and managed by London Councils on our behalf.

Eligibility Click to get info

You can apply for the Disabled Persons Freedom Pass if:

  • your sole or main residence is in the London Borough of Waltham Forest and
  • you have any of the statutory disabilities listed in the Transport Act 2000

You’ll be eligible for a disabled person’s Freedom Pass if you:

  • are blind or partially sighted
  • are profoundly or severely deaf
  • are without speech
  • have a disability, or have suffered an injury, which has had a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to walk
  • don’t  have arms or have a long-term loss of the use of both arms
  • have a learning disability that is defined as 'a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning'
  • would have your application for a driving licence refused for reasons other than because of drug or alcohol misuse
  • qualify for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and score 8 points or more on the 'moving around' activity list

A ‘London Only’ pass is also available for people with a mental health disability.

To qualify, you must be regularly attending a day service as part of your treatment. You must provide a supporting letter from your Community Psychiatric Nurse or Psychiatrist.

How to apply Click to get info

To apply you can do one of the following:

Once completed, the application and supporting evidence can be returned by post to the mobility team.

The mobility team is unable to see personal callers.

You need to supply the following with your application:

  • One passport size photograph, with your name and the date printed on the 
  • A copy of a proof of your address such as a current Council Tax bill, a tenancy agreement or a utility bill dated within the last three months
  • A copy of confirmation of identity such as a National Insurance card, medical card or passport
  • A copy of evidence of higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance or War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (if applicable)  
  • A supporting letter if you’re applying for a London Only pass under the mental health criteria

London Councils charges a £10 administration fee for replacements.

To report your freedom pass lost, stolen or faulty contact London Councils on 0845 275 7054 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

You’ll need to provide the following details:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your daytime telephone number

Freedom Pass for disabled people – London Councils website

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report.  Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​