Frequently asked questions

Questions and answers about the Mobility Parking Scheme.

Mobility Parking Scheme

  • Parking concessions under the Mobility Parking Scheme are only offered at on-street and council-operated car parks. If you park in metered, coupon or ticket parking areas operated by councils, no charge applies.

    Car parks that operate behind boom gates are privately operated. No concessions apply in these areas.

    See Parking concessions for more information.

  • No this isn't required. If you're applying for an individual or temporary permit, you must submit your completed application form with proof of your identity either:

    See applying for a permit for more information.

    Almost all service centres have wheelchair access.

  • A representative can apply on your behalf for an individual or temporary permit by submitting your completed application form with proof of your identity either:

    See applying for a permit for more information.

    You may be required to attend a service centre in person if we do not have your photo in our database. You can make an appointment with your local service centre to have your photo taken.

    Almost all service centres have wheelchair access.

  • You can be issued with an additional permit if you have a registered open-style vehicle (such as a convertible, motorcycle or motor tricycle) in addition to a standard vehicle (such as a sedan). This allows you to permanently fix one permit to the open-style vehicle for security purposes and carry the other permit in the usual way.

  • Yes. You can apply for a replacement permit if your current permit has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. Submit your completed application form with proof of your identity either:

    See replacing your permit for more information.

  • No. When you replace a permit, the old one is revoked and must not be displayed in a vehicle. You should return your old permit card to one of the following:

    • A service centre
    • Post it to Transport for NSW, Drives Assurance, PO Box 3035, Parramatta NSW 2124

    You will be issued with a heavy fine if you do not return or continue to display an invalid, expired or damaged card.

  • Unfortunately, you may sometimes see someone drive their car into a disabled space. They may think that’s OK because they’ll only be a minute, however they may not realise the effect this has on people with mobility disabilities.

    Brochures on the correct use of spaces designated for people with disabilities are available from any service centre. Place the tear-off reminder in a prominent position on the vehicle, ensuring you do not damage the vehicle in any way, or obstruct the driver’s view.

    You can also report suspected misuse of Mobility Parking permits. See Mobility Parking Scheme cheats for more information.

Australian Disability Parking Permits

  • This is a common, Australia-wide design for disability parking permits. In NSW, you need to display both the Australian Disability Parking Permit (large purple card) and your NSW Mobility Parking Scheme permit (licence-style card). See Australian Disability Parking Permit and displaying your permit for more information.
  • No. You’ll be issued an Australian Disability Parking Permit in addition to your NSW Mobility Parking Scheme permit. There is no additional charge for the Australian permit.
  • No. It’s a breach of the conditions of use to display a NSW permit without the Australian permit.
  • You can’t apply for an Australian Disability Parking Permit. It’s only issued in conjunction with a NSW Mobility Parking Scheme permit. See Applying for a permit for information on how to apply for a NSW permit.
  • No. There are no differences in eligibility.
  • No. There are no changes to NSW parking concessions with this permit.

Interstate and overseas

  • Yes. All Australian states and territories participate in the Australian Disability Parking Scheme, so you can use your NSW permit elsewhere, as long as it’s valid and current.
  • Yes, provided it’s valid and current.

Fitness to drive

  • Roads and Maritime Services has a responsibility to ensure that all NSW licence holders are medically fit to drive. If you hold a NSW driver/rider licence and you apply for a Mobility Parking Scheme permit, you’ll be asked to prove your medical fitness to drive by providing a medical report.
  • You only need to prove your fitness to drive if you want to renew your temporary Mobility Parking Scheme permit, which means you’ll hold the permit for more than six consecutive months.

    If you need your temporary Mobility Parking Scheme permit for less than six months, you don’t need to prove your fitness to drive.

  • The following people have to provide a medical report:
    • Anybody applying for the issue, reissue, renewal or replacement of a NSW licence (including interstate and overseas licence transfers), who already has a Mobility Parking Scheme permit and is not already subject to medical review
    • Anybody applying for the issue or renewal of a Mobility Parking Scheme permit who holds a NSW licence and is not already subject to medical review, or whose licence does not have a D (uses a disability aid), R (medical) or V (vehicle modification) condition.
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