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

Find out more about Disability Living Allowance for children.

How do I claim DLA?

In England, Scotland or Wales

Phone the Disability Living Allowance helpline for a claim form:
Telephone 0345 712 3456
Textphone 0345 722 4433
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Or you can download a claim form from the Gov.UK website (link opens in a new window)

In Northern Ireland

Phone the Disability Living Allowance helpline for a claim form:
Telephone 0345 712 3456
Textphone 0345 722 4433

Phone the Disability and Carer’s Service for a claim form:
Telephone: 028 9090 6182
Textphone: 028 9031 1092

What documents will I need to claim Disability Living Allowance?

You should give your national insurance number. If you do not have a national insurance number, send in the claim form anyway to save delays. You may also be asked for proof of your identity such as a birth certificate, passport or driving licence.

Part of the form must be filled in by someone who knows about your child's disability. This could be a friend, relative or carer.

When will the Disability Living Allowance claim begin?

A claim for DLA cannot be backdated. The date of your claim will be the date you call and ask for a claim form as long as you complete and return it in the time given. If you download a claim it will be the date your completed claim form is received.

Change of circumstances

You must report changes in circumstance which might affect your child's entitlement to this benefit
 

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