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
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.
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.
For the adaptive-equipment grant
You’ll need to fill out an Application for Adaptive Equipment—Motor Vehicle (VA Form 10-1394).
Bring it to the prosthetic representative at your local VA medical center.
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.