Applying for the card

What is the European Disability Card?

The European Disability Card is a card you can use when you participate in cultural, sports and leisure activities.

oing to the cinema, a theme park, the theatre, a sports event or a museum? This card enables you to benefit from various advantages.

The advantages that you will receive will depend on the partner accepting the card. Be sure to check the website, social media or advert of the place you are visiting, or contact the partner directly.

You can find all you need to know about the European Disability Card in this online brochure (.pdf).


Who can apply for the card?

You can apply for the card if you are recognised by or receive help from an official institution for persons with disabilities.

Children receiving increased child benefit are also entitled to a European Disability Card.

The five Belgian institutions are:

How do I apply for the card?

You send your application to the institution that recognises you as disabled. The application process varies per institution. After your application has been processed, the card will be sent to you by post.

Below, we explain how you can apply for the card at each institution.

Attention! From 1 January 2024, you will automatically be offered a European Disability Card (EDC) once you have received recognition of your disability. The card will also be automatically renewed after the 5-year expiry date if you already have the card in your possession.

I am recognized by the Federal Public Service Social Security

  • You can apply for the card via the digital service point My Handicap. If you need help navigating the online application process, please consult this website.
  • You can apply for the card by filling in the contact form of the Directorate General for Persons with Disabilities.  
  • You can also send a letter to the following address:
    Federale Overheidsdienst Sociale Zekerheid
    Directie-generaal Personen met een handicap
    Kruidtuinlaan 50 bus 150
    1000 Brussels

I am recognized by the Vlaams Agentschap voor Personen met een Handicap (VAPH)

I am recognized by the Agence pour une Vie de Qualité (AViQ)

I am recognized by Service public francophone bruxellois (Phare)

  • You can apply for the card by sending a letter to the following address:
    Dienst Phare
    Paleizenstraat 42
    1030 Brussels
  • You can also call 02 800 82 03 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm, except on Wednesdays) or email When submitting your application, include your first name and surname, your date of birth and your National Register Number.
  • You can also visit the office to apply for the card. Remember to make an appointment first. You can do this by calling or emailing them (see contact details above).

I am recognized by Dienststelle für Selbstbestimmtes Leben (DSL)

  • You can apply for the card by calling 08 009 00 11 or emailing
  • You can also visit the office to apply for the card. Their visiting address is:
    Vennbahnstraße 4/4
    4780 Sankt Vith

Frequently asked questions about the card

Do you have any questions?

Do you have any further questions about the European Disability Card? Take a look at our answers to frequently asked questions. If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact us via the form below or email us at: