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Disability Living Allowance (DLA) - How do I claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit for people with disabilities.

How do I claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?


You can no longer make a new claim for DLA if you are 16 or over. You may be able to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead. If you have a child with an illness, injury or disability, see our Disability Living Allowance - children guide

If you already get DLA, you will be transferred onto Personal Independence Payment (PIP), even if you have been given an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA, unless:

  • You are in England, Scotland or Wales and you were born before 8 April 1949; or
  • You are in Northern Ireland and you were born before 20 June 1951.

If you do not already get DLA and you are 65 or over, you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance instead.

Change of circumstances

You must report changes in circumstance which might affect your entitlement to this benefit.

Updated March 2017

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