Lewisham Council - Freedom Pass for people with a disability

Freedom Pass for people with a disability

The Freedom Pass for disabled people is funded by local councils and gives free travel on most public transport in London 24 hours a day (after 9.30am on most National Rail services within the London area), including all day at weekends and on public holidays. This pass may also be used to travel on local bus services in the rest of England under the terms of the Concessionary Bus Travel Act 2007.


You can apply for the Disabled Persons Freedom Pass if your sole or principal residence is in the London Borough of Lewisham and you have any of the statutory disabilities listed in the Transport Act 2000.

The statutory disabilities which make someone eligible for a disabled person’s Freedom Pass are:

  • people who are blind or partially sighted
  • people who are profoundly or severely deaf
  • people without speech
  • people who have a disability, or have suffered an injury, which has left them with a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to walk
  • people who do not have arms or have a long-term loss of the use of both arms
  • people who 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'
  • people who, if they applied for the grant of a licence to drive a motor vehicle under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1988, would have their application refused pursuant to section 92 of the Act (physical fitness) otherwise than on the ground of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol.

Apply for a Freedom Pass

A disabled person's Freedom Pass is issued following an assessment of eligibility. You can apply for a pass online. You can also use our online form to provide supporting documentation or notify a change in your circumstances.


When you apply please include the following:

1. Proof of identification. We will accept

  • UK driving licence (paper or photocard)
  • birth certificate if it shows your current name
  • current passport.

2. Proof of your current address. We will accept:

  • current council tax bill
  • tenancy agreement
  • current TV licence
  • recent (last three months) residential utility bill
  • recent bank / building society / credit card statement
    • recent benefits agency letter, including pension entitlement or occupational pension letter.

3. Proof of disability. We will accept:

  • a current Disability Living Allowance entitlement letter or PIP entitlement letter 
  • a Certificate of Visual Impairment 
  • an audiogram
  • a medical letter confirming your disability, treatment and diagnosis. 

4. A current passport quality head and shoulder picture of the person who requires the pass.

We will assess your application and, if you qualify for a pass, your Freedom Pass will be posted directly to you.

Lost, stolen, damaged or faulty passes?
Contact the Freedom Pass helpline: 0300 330 1433 (local call rate, open Monday -Sunday 8am to 8pm) or visit the Freedom Pass website.

Freedom Pass holders who lose or damage their passes will be charged £10 for replacements.

The Freedom Pass is paid for Lewisham Council and the scheme is managed by London Councils on behalf of all London boroughs.

If you do not qualify for a disabled persons freedom pass but you:

  • live in London
  • you are aged 18 to 60
  • receive income support, employment and support allowance or jobseeker's allowance
  • and you are not getting any other free or discounted travel

you may be entitled to a bus and tram discount card from TfL.

If you can not find the information you need you can contact us online.


Freedom pass
Po Box 4206
Catford Road
Se6 4br