How to Apply

There are three ways in which you can apply for your CEA Card. Please read through the following descriptions and then select your preferred option.


1. Full Online Application

Application provided through this option involves:

  • entering your personal details online;
  • uploading a passport-style ID photo;
  • uploading a scanned copy of an appropriate document proving your eligibility.

(Note: the uploaded proof of eligibility needs to include your name, address and qualifying allowance, e.g. PIP, or blind registration. If this information involves more than one page of your supporting documentation, then multiple page scans will need combining into a single Word or PDF document.)

Using this method, you must know your correct postcode and be able to supply an email address.

After applying, you will be contacted by email with information about the payment options regarding the processing fee.

(Click here to apply via the full online method)

2. Part Online - Part Postal

If you are unable to upload your ID photo and eligibility document, BUT are able to enter your personal details online, then the best option for applying is provided by this 'Part Online - Part Postal' approach. Using this option involves:

  • entering your personal details online
  • printing your completed, infilled application form on your personal printer;
  • posting your printed application form, together with your ID photo and copy of your eligibility document, to the given address.

Using this method, you must know your correct postcode. It is preferable to supply us with your email address, but is not essential with this option.

  • If you have supplied an email address, then after your posted application has been processed you will be contacted by email with information about the payment options regarding the processing fee. (Of course, if you wish, you can also include a cheque or postal order with your application.)
  • If you have not supplied an email address with your application, you must include a cheque or postal order along with your posted application to cover the processing fee.
(Click here to apply via the part online - part postal method)

3. Full Postal Application

The third option is to complete and submit your application, with payment by cheque of postal order, entirely by post. For your convenience, blank application forms can be printed from the website using your personal printer and selecting the Full Postal Application option. Otherwise, forms can be obtained from participating cinemas. Remember to include your ID photo, a copy of your eligibility documentation and your cheque or postal order for the processing fee.

(Click here to apply via the full postal method)

Payment Options

For applicants using the ‘Full Postal Application’ option, as indicated above, a cheque or postal order for £6.00 must be included with the application. That same rule applies to those using the ‘Part Online – Part Postal’ option and who are either unable to supply an email address, or prefer to pay by cheque or postal order rather than by debit /credit card.

In all cases, your application for the CEA Card will result in a personalised Cardholder Account being automatically set up for you. So, if you have applied using the 'Full Online Application' option, or, if you supplied an email address when using the 'Part Online - Part Postal' option, then you will be provided with a username and password so that you can then login to your account to pay the processing fee online via the secure payment facility. Alternatively, you will also receive details of how you can pay by telephone using your debit or credit card or even with cash over the counter at your local branch of Lloyd’s bank.


Proof of Eligibility

The eligibility criteria are kept under review and maybe updated from time to time; currently people who receive one of the following benefits are eligible:

  1. Disability Living Allowance (DLA);
  2. Attendance Allowance (AA);
  3. Blind Persons Registration;
  4. Personal Independence Payment (PIP); and
  5. Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).

Additionally, limitations placed on Cinemas by their local licenses require children and young people under 8 years of age to be accompanied by a responsible person; consequently applications for cards can only be considered for people who are 8 years of age or older.


Delivery and Returns

CEA Card will endeavour to mail your card within 1 working day of receiving payment. The card will be mailed to you by Royal Mail 2nd Class post which normally takes 3-5 days. Postage is included in the £6.00 processing fee.

When you receive your card you should check that the details are correct and the card is not damaged. If you are not satisfied, then you should contact us immediately.


Replacement Cards

The CEA Card is issued on behalf of the UK Cinema Association (UKCA) and remains the property of the UKCA. You must keep the card safe.

If your CEA Card is lost, stolen or damaged then you will need to re-apply indicating on the form that this is a request for a Replacement, and again including proof of eligibility and payment.

Replacement cards are subject to the standard £6.00 processing fee. The card will be mailed to you by Royal Mail 2nd Class post which normally takes 3-5 days. Postage is included in the £6.00 processing fee.