If you’re a GP, we need your help to ensure that only eligible people receive an MPS permit. It's difficult and unfair when eligible people can't park in designated MPS spaces because ineligible people are abusing MPS permits and parking illegally.
Every application for an MPS permit must be signed by a registered medical doctor. The medical certificate on the MPS application form asks you to certify that the applicant is eligible for an MPS permit based on certain criteria. You will also need to record your Provider Number on the form, as the application will not be accepted without it.
Note: A person with a Clinically Recognisable Disability (CRD) that is recorded by Roads and Maritime Services does not need a fresh medical certificate to renew their MPS permit.
Medical certificates are only valid for six months from the date of certification when the customer applies for an Individual MPS permit. The medical certificate for a Temporary MPS permit is only valid for a three-month period commencing from the date the medical certificate is signed.
Please advise your patients that nearly all motor registries have wheelchair access. If necessary, an appointment can be made with registries for a convenient time to have a photograph taken.
To be eligible for an MPS card, a person must have a disability
Under current legislation this means someone:
- Who is unable to walk due to the permanent or temporary loss of use of one or both legs or other permanent medical or physical condition; or
- Whose physical condition is detrimentally affected as a result of walking 100 metres; or
- Who requires the use of crutches, a walking frame, callipers, scooter, wheelchair or other similar mobility aid.
MPS permits are also available to people who are permanently blind.
Guidelines for permanent blindness from the Commonwealth Social Security Act 1991 are:
- Visual acuity on the Snellen Scale after correction by suitable lenses must be less than 6/60 in both eyes, or
- Constriction to within 10 degrees of fixation in the better eye irrespective of corrected visual acuity, or
- A combination of visual defects in the same degree of visual impairment as that occurring in (1) or (2) above.
The minimum age to be issued with an MPS permit is three (3) years of age.
Medical report regarding fitness to drive
The medical report (section 3) on the application form must be completed if the applicant has ticked Yes for question 3a (holds a NSW licence) and No for question 3b or Yes for question 3c on the application.
This section should be completed in conjunction with the current quidelines 'Assessing Fitness to Drive' for the class of licence held as specified in Q3a on the application form.
Where medical fitness cannot be determined, you should refer the applicant to an appropriate specialist.
The completed medical form can be returned to the applicant.
If you need any further information please call us on 13 22 13.
Medical report regarding fitness to drive for Temporary MPS permits
The medical report form regarding fitness to drive does not need to be completed for a temporary MPS permit if this is the applicant’s first temporary MPS permit or the applicant has previously held a temporary MPS permit that has expired.
The medical report does need to be completed if the applicant currently holds a temporary MPS permit and is applying for a subsequent consecutive temporary MPS permit where their tenure will be in excess of six consecutive months.