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Can I get a Priority seat card?

Find out if you qualify for priority seating and learn what evidence you need to submit when you send in your application.

Check if you qualify

You can get a priority card if you find it hard to stand on the train, for instance if you are:

  • disabled or have a medical condition
  • blind or visually impaired
  • pregnant
  • over 65
  • travelling with a child under 3

You can show your card to someone in a priority seat to ask them to give up their seat for you.

Find out more about priority cards.

Evidence for your priority card

When you apply for a priority card you’ll need to send us copies of documents showing us:

  1. proof of your address – such as a utility bill, driving licence or council tax bill
  2. evidence of why you need the card

Make sure you send us a copy of any document, not the original.

See the lists below for the documents you can send us to prove you qualify for a priority card. 

If you are blind or visually impaired

Send us a copy of one of the following:

  • Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI)
  • Certificate of being registered blind or partially-sighted (BD8)
  • Social Services official stamp on your priority card application form

If you are disabled or have a medical condition

Send us a copy of one of the following:

  • Doctor’s note confirming your disability or medical condition
  • Attendance Allowance award letter
  • Disability Living Allowance award letter
  • Personal Independence Payments award letter
  • Incapacity Benefit certificate
  • letter from Jobcentre Plus 
  • letter from Department for Work & Pensions (DWP)

If you are over 65

Send us a copy of one of the following:

  • your birth certificate
  • your driving licence
  • your passport

If you are pregnant

Send us a copy of one of the following:

  • Maternity Certificate (MAT B1)
  • Written confirmation from your doctor
  • NHS Maternity Exemption Certificate

If you are travelling with a child under 3

Send us a copy of:

  • your child’s birth certificate

Need to know more?

Find out how to apply for a priority card and read our frequently asked questions.