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VA automobile allowance and adaptive equipment

If you have a disability related to your service that prevents you from driving, you may be able to get money to help you buy or change a vehicle so you can drive. Keep reading to find out if you may be eligible.

Am I eligible for these benefits from VA?

You may be eligible for VA automobile allowance or adaptive-equipment benefits if you have a disability that’s related to your service (called a service-connected disability) and that includes at least one of these conditions.

At least one of these must be true for you:

  • You have loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet, or
  • You have loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both hands, or
  • You have permanent decreased vision in both eyes: 20/200 vision or less in your better eye with glasses, or greater than 20/200 vision but with a visual field defect that has reduced your peripheral vision to 20 degrees or less in your better eye, or
  • You have a severe burn injury, or
  • You have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or
  • You have ankylosis in one or both knees or hips (this qualifies you only for an adaptive-equipment grant)

Note: You’ll need to show that your disability is service connected or treated as if service connected under 38 U.S.C. 1151. Learn more about 38 U.S.C. 1151

What kind of benefits can I get?

  • A one-time payment to help you buy a specially equipped vehicle (called automobile allowance), or
  • In some situations, one or more adaptive-equipment grants to change a vehicle so it has features like power steering, brakes, seats, windows, or lift equipment to help you get into and out of the vehicle

Review current rates for special allowances

Can I buy a vehicle or adaptive equipment first, then file my claim?

No. You’ll need to file your claim and get our approval before you buy a vehicle or adaptive equipment. You can apply for—and use—either grant before or after military discharge.

How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to submit one of the forms listed here. 

For the one-time payment to help you buy a specially equipped vehicle

You’ll need to fill out an Application for Automobile or Other Conveyance and Adaptive Equipment (VA Form 21-4502). Mail it to the address listed on the form.

Get VA Form 21-4502 to download

We’ll pay the vehicle’s seller directly.

Note: You must have a service-connected condition to get a specially equipped vehicle. If you haven’t filed a claim for disability compensation yet, you’ll need to do that first. 

Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

For the adaptive-equipment grant

You’ll need to fill out an Application for Adaptive Equipment—Motor Vehicle (VA Form 10-1394).

Get VA Form 10-1394 to download

Bring it to the prosthetic representative at your local VA medical center. 

Find a VA medical center near you

We may pay you, or we may pay the equipment seller directly.

Note: You must have a service-connected disability to get an adaptive-equipment grant. If you haven’t filed a claim for disability compensation yet, you’ll need to do that first. 

Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

What if I have questions about these benefits?

You can call us at 800-827-1000. We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.