Sending your PIP claim form
The PIP claim form is a really important part of your application because it’s your chance to show why your illness, health condition or disability means you should get Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
You’re sent the claim form by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They'll send it to you in the post after you've phoned them to start your claim.
You must use the form the DWP send you - you can’t get it online or pick one up from an advice centre. If you’re terminally ill, you won’t be sent a claim form because the claim process is different if you're terminally ill.
Before you fill in your form
Before you fill in your claim form, check our guidance on how to fill in the form properly. It explains what each question means, contains hints and sample answers and tells you what to write in your answers.
It's also a good idea to get someone to check over your claim form before you send it.
Keep a copy of your form
It’s a good idea to keep a copy of your completed form. You can then take it with you to your assessment and use it to make sure that you don’t forget anything you want to mention at your assessment.
If you haven't got a copier or scanner, your local Citizens Advice or public library should be able to help you, but you might have to pay a small charge.
Send your PIP form back within 1 month
You must send back the form within 1 month of the date on the letter. The deadline will be shown on the DWP letter that comes with your claim form.
If you miss the deadline, the DWP will assume you no longer want to apply for PIP. Your claim will end.
You’ll need to find the address to send your form to. It should be on the back page of the form or the envelope it came with. If you can’t find it, you may need to call the phone number on the letter that came with the form.
Don’t delay sending your claim form if you’re waiting for the DWP to approve an extension or for supporting documents (like a hospital or doctor’s letter). You should send the form so it’s on time and include a letter telling the DWP you’re waiting for their response to your extension request or that more information will follow.
If you need more time
Ring the DWP straight away and explain why you need extra time. You must be there to tell the DWP if someone else is going to speak for you.
Telephone: 0800 121 4433
Textphone: 0800 121 4493
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Explain why you cannot return the form on time and why it's reasonable for you to be given more time.
If you have a good reason for returning the form late, the DWP can agree a new deadline over the phone.
If the DWP agrees to give you extra time (an 'extension'), you should still write to them and confirm they've told you this. Send a copy of any evidence - such as a letter showing you're going into hospital for an operation.
It's a good idea to send another copy of this letter and your evidence with your PIP claim form.
If you can't contact the DWP in advance
Send your form in late with a letter explaining why you could not:
- return the form on time
- tell the DWP earlier
Send a copy of any proof - for example, a doctor's letter showing you were in hospital that month.
You can write to the contact address on your DWP letter.
If the DWP refuses to accept your late form
You'll have to start your PIP claim again.
You can challenge the DWP's decision within 1 month - this is called a 'mandatory reconsideration'. You should still start a new claim in case your mandatory reconsideration fails.