Frequently asked questions about the card

Please note that this information applies to Belgian citizens only.

I already have a parking card. Do I need to apply for a European Disability Card?

Yes, the parking card and European Disability Card must be applied for separately. If you already have a parking card and you also want to have a European Disability Card, you can apply for one via the FPS Social Security.

How long will the application process take?

After you have submitted your application, you will receive your card through the post within around four weeks.

How long is my European Disability Card valid for? What do I do when it expires?

The European Disability Card is valid for five years. After this period, you can request a new card from the Belgian institution that recognises you as disabled.

I lost my card. What do I do?

If you lose your card, you can apply for a new card (duplicate) one time only from the Belgian institution that recognises you as disabled.

Am I allowed to share the card with someone else?

No, the European Disability Card is strictly personal. You only receive advantages if you have your card with you and can present it.

How do I know which organisations accept the card?

You can easily recognise the partners that accept the card, as they will have this label (.pdf).

If you're not sure if an organisation accepts the card, be sure to check the website, social media or advert of the place you are visiting or contact the organisation directly.

Discover the overview of all the partners that accept the card and offer advantages.

The theme park I'm visiting has never heard of the card. What do I do?

You can ask whether the organisation offers other advantages to persons with disabilities.

If the organisation wants to accept the card but is not yet registered as an EDC partner, you can refer them to this website or advise them to email EUdisabilitycard@minsoc.fed.be.

Can I receive a discount on train, bus or airline tickets with the card?

No, the European Disability card only applies to cultural, sports and leisure activities. Therefore, you will not receive a discount on public transport.

My child is recognised as a person with a disability and splits their time between their father's and mother's house. Can I apply for two cards?

No, each person can only receive one card and the card is strictly personal. You only receive advantages if you have your card with you and can present it.

I live abroad and I'm recognised as a person with a disability in another country. I visit Belgium often. Can I apply for a card?

Yes, but only if you are recognised by or receive assistance from one of the following institutions in Belgium competent for persons with disabilities: overview of these organisations.

If you do not have recognition of disability in Belgium, you should apply for the card in the country where your disability is recognised. So far, this is only possible in Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Malta, Romania and Slovenia. In other European countries, such as France or Germany, the European Disability Card is not (yet) valid.

In which countries can I use the European Disability Card?

You can use the card in Belgium and in seven other countries: Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Malta, Romania and Slovenia. The European Disability Card is not (yet) recognised in other European countries, such as France or Germany.

Visit the European Commission's website for more information.

How accessible are sports, culture and leisure for persons with disabilities?

Are you looking for more information about the accessibility of activities for persons with disabilities? Take a look at these websites:

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: EUdisabilitycard@minsoc.fed.be.

Please note that we only answer questions from Belgian citizens. If you live in Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Malta, Slovenia or Romania, please contact the competent authorities of your country.