Qualifying for a Gold Card

The qualifying age is now linked to the state pension age, you no longer receive one automatically at the age of 60.


To see when you will qualify for a Gold Card on age grounds check the State Pension age (opens in a new window).

If you have a disability, you may qualify for a Gold Card, regardless of your age.

This includes people who are:

  • blind or partially sighted
  • profoundly or severely deaf
  • without speech
  • without arms or have the long term loss of the use of both arms
  • have a long-term disability which seriously impairs their ability to walk. This may include Blue Badge holders
  • have a learning disability
  • are disqualified from driving on medical grounds (this may include people with a severe mental disorder).

If you are applying because you are disabled, you will need to provide supporting documents with your application, this may include one of the following:

  • blind registration card or eye specialist letter
  • deaf registration card
  • audiology Clinic report or letter
  • report from speech and language therapy service
  • higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) notification letter
  • PIP letter showing eight points or more for mobility component, moving around
  • war pensions mobility supplement notification letter
  • Blue Badge, physiotherapist or occupational therapist report
  • an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Statement
  • supporting letter from your special school or school with enhanced resources to cater for children with autism or letter from a medical professional
  • stamp and signature or supporting letter from adult social care services or medical professional
  • DVLA letter or consultant report.

Please check the application form for details of which proof documents you need to supply.