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Learning disability (Category F)

Applications can be considered if you have a learning disability, this may also be referred to as an intellectual disability.

The Transport Act 2000 defines a learning disability as:

  • A state of arrested or incomplete development of mind
  • which includes a significant impairment of:
    • intelligence
    • and social functioning.

Proving you are eligible

Detailed information which confirms the applicant has:

  1. a significant impairment of intelligence i.e. IQ less than 70

  2. a significant impairment of social functioning.

Evidence we can accept

  • A formal learning/intellectual disability diagnosis will have the code F70, F71, F72 or F73 on medical reports.

Other evidence we may accept

  •  a fully completed Category F evidence form
  • an Education, Health and Care Plan or Educational Psychologist report that indicates complex intellectual needs.  These may show a  diagnosis of mild/moderate or severe learning disability (this is not the same a learning difficulty).
  • an Adult Social Care Support Plan showing learning disability team involvement or a detailed letter from a learning disability team.

Any document provided as evidence should fully describe your disability so
that it is possible to see whether the criteria apply to you.

Applications with this evidence may still be referred for a further assessment if required.

Please call our information centre for help 0300 33 09 471 (local rate – lines are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm).

You may not be eligible under this category

  • if you have dyslexia, dyspraxia or attention deficit
    hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • if your intelligence is not impaired (i.e. your IQ is
    more than 70), even if your disability affects your
    social functioning
  • if you are applying because of mental health
    problems
  • if your condition started after you became an adult
    (e.g. brain injury)
  • if you hold a driving licence
  • if you don’t have a learning disability as defined, you are over 16 and you cannot drive due to your specific needs. Please consider an application under Category G instead.

Please also see our full guidance below before applying.

Full guidance and evidence form

Learning disability guidance and evidence form (Category F) [292.1 KB] [pdf]