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Process for young people with disabilities to obtain the certificate of disability

certificado de  de discapacidad
In the following article, we would like to explain what the card or certificate of disability is, the steps to follow to obtain it, and the rights and social protection measures.

We will first define briefly, what the disability card is. It is a not pictured plastic card. It is an official public document, personal, non-transferable, which can be issued only by the Public Administration. It is necessary to present it together with the national identity card and it can only be obtained in case of final degree of disability. Therefore, it has permanent validity.


The first step, for the person concerned or his legal representative, to get the certificate is to contact the Centres for Care for Persons with Disabilities nearest to your location (the name varies according to the Autonomous Region). Both the Social Worker from the Department of social affairs in your community and your doctor can provide information about it.


Once you have found the centre, an appointment will be set with the evaluation team and the director of Centre for the recognition of the disability. You will be asked to fill in and carry an official application form and some additional documents to this meeting.


When the interested person goes to the appointment, he/she will meet the assessment and guidance team, which is composed of a doctor, a psychologist and a social worker. This team will undertake specific actions to determine the degree of disability. For instance, if the help of another person in everyday life is needed, if the  applicant has difficulty in using public transport. They will determine whether the degree of disability must be checked regularly or not.


If the applicant disagrees with the outcome, he/ she will have 30 days to make a claim from the same day the report is delivered. It is important to keep a stamped copy  of every document you submit.


Owning this certificate will give you grant rights to non-contributory pension, family allowance per child, admission guidance for centres, treatments, tax benefits: personal income tax, corporate income tax, successions and donation tax, value added tax (VAT), excise tax on certain means of transport (IEDMT) Tax on motor vehicles. Parking card for people with disabilities, Bonotaxi, requests for public aids, discounts in transportation and other support and services for the target group of people with disabilities at regional, municipal or state level.


Written by Eurodesk Multiplier in InterEuropa, La Rioja

Published: Tue, 21/05/2013 - 14:37

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