Who can have a blue badge

The Blue Badge Scheme provides national parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel as drivers or passengers. The scheme is also for people who are severely sight impaired and for people with hidden disabilities including autism and mental health conditions.

You can get a badge without further assessment if you:

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • receive a Personal Independence Payment for being unable to walk further than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component)
  • are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • receive the War Pensioner’s mobility supplement
  • are a severely disabled service person or veteran who is compensated under the new Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)
  • have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes an inability to walk or considerable difficulty in walking
  • receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have obtained 10 points exactly for the ‘Planning and following a journey’ activity section. Specifically the 10 points that says: ‘Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant’.

If any of these criteria apply, you must include proof of eligibility with your application.

If you are registered blind or severely sight impaired, you must send us either a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) or a BD8 form signed by a Consultant Ophthalmologist, which states that you are severely sight impaired (blind). If you are unable to provide this information, state the name of the local authority or borough where you are registered as severely sight impaired (blind). We will check this when we process your application.

If you have a terminal illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less, and can provide a valid DS1500, you are eligible for a blue badge. Please contact us to apply on 0300 123 2224.

You can get a badge following an assessment if you are a person who has been certified as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes you to:

  • Be unable to walk
  • Experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress
  • Be at risk of serious harm when walking, or pose, when walking a risk of serious harm to any other person