Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) there may be delays in processing Blue Badge applications.
Apply or renew
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.
It’s easy to apply or renew online. The Government has produced a quick visual guide to show you how. The online application is provided by GOV.UK
First, check if you are eligible.
Have your supporting documents ready – find out what you need. You can upload your documents, photo and make payment using the online form.
If you are applying under the hidden disabilities (non-visible) criteria, please see our ‘Apply for a Blue Badge if you have a hidden disability (a non-visible condition)‘ page before you apply.
A Blue Badge costs £10
Some organisations and websites offer a service to help you apply and they charge for this help. You don’t have to use this kind of service to be able to apply.
How long it takes
We expect to process online applications within 6 weeks of receiving all the required information. Applications and documents sent by post will take longer to process – we aim to process postal applications within ten weeks. Please don’t contact us to check progress – unless you have not heard from us within these timescales.
If applications are missing information, we will notify you once and then cancel your application after 10 working days. You must apply again.
Some applications can take longer if they need to be assessed by an Occupational Therapist. We will write to you if this applies to you.
Renewing a Blue Badge
Blue Badges are not automatically renewed. You can apply for a new one up to 11 weeks before your Blue Badge expires. We will contact you up to 10 weeks before the expiry date on your badge to remind you to apply for a new one. When your old badge has expired it is no longer valid and you should securely dispose of it yourself. There is no need to return it to us.
If your current badge has been lost, stolen or defaced, please use see our ‘Request a replacement Blue Badge‘ page to order a new one.
Apply for or renew a Blue Badge for an organisation
Organisations which transport disabled people and who meet the eligibility criteria can also apply for a Blue Badge.
You can apply online or phone us to apply on 0300 123 2224.
Who can have a Blue Badge
You’re automatically eligible for a Blue Badge
- if you are registered as blind (severely sight impaired)
- if you get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – check your decision letter if you’re not sure (Attendance Allowance is not a qualifying benefit)
- if you get War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
- if you received a lump sum payment as part of the Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariffs 1 to 8), and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability
Find out more on the GOV.UK website.
If you get Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
You’re automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if you either
- scored 8 points or more in the ‘moving around’ category of your PIP assessment
- scored exactly 10 points specifically for descriptor E in the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress.
Check your PIP decision letter if you’re not sure.
If any of these categories apply to you, you must supply proof at the time you apply.
If you have a terminal illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less and can provide a valid form DS1500 (issued by a health professional), you are eligible for a Blue Badge. Please apply online or contact us to apply on 0300 123 2224.
For applicants with hidden disabilities, there is more information about how to apply on our hidden disabilities page.
If you are not automatically eligible
You may still be able to get a badge following further assessment
- if you are someone who has an enduring and substantial disability or have a health condition that affects your mobility; or
- if you have severe problems using both your arms
- if you’re applying on behalf of a child aged over 2 who has problems walking or going to places; or a child under 3 who needs to be close to a vehicle because of a health condition or needs access to bulky medical equipment
All applicants must provide supporting documents as evidence.
Documents you must provide when you apply
You must provide specific supporting evidence before we can process your application. You should have this ready before you start to apply. You will also need your National Insurance number – or child reference number if you’re applying for a child.
If applications are missing information, we will notify you once and then cancel your application after 10 working days. You will have to apply again.
Documents you must provide
Please send one of the following as proof of your identity
- A copy of the photograph page of a valid, current passport
- A copy of a valid, current photocard driving licence – the front of the photocard showing your name, address, photograph and signature
- A copy of your birth or adoption certificate
- A copy of a marriage or divorce certificate, a civil partnership or dissolution certificate
You must provide one of the following, as proof of your address dated within the last 12 months
- A council tax bill
- A bank or building society statement
- A utility bill – gas, electricity, water or phone bill
- A copy of a valid photocard driving licence – the front of the photocard showing your name, address, photograph and signature
- A benefits letter showing your address
- A pension, HMRC or Tax Credit letter
A current passport style photograph
The photo must be taken against a plain, light background, be of you on your own, close-up of your head and shoulders, in colour, sharp and in focus. Look straight at the camera. It must not be the same photo used on a previous Blue Badge.
Supporting evidence of your eligibility
- If you are eligible as someone who is registered blind or severely sight impaired, please send a copy of either a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) or a BD8 form signed by a Consultant Ophthalmologist. If you are unable to provide this document, state the name of the local authority or borough where you are registered as severely sight impaired. We will check this when we process your application.
- If you are eligible under DLA or PIP – Attendance Allowance is not a qualifying benefit – send a copy of your award notice letter – if it is less than 12 months old – or a copy of your annual updating letter dated within the last 12 months. Example of a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Letter
- If you are eligible under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement – see our information in the ‘Who can have a Blue Badge‘ section of this page – please provide evidence of your award from Veterans UK.
Eligibility following further assessment
Where you do not meet one of the automatic eligibility criteria but are applying because of an enduring and substantial disability or health condition affecting your mobility – if you are applying for the first time, you must provide relevant medical evidence.
- Diagnosis letters from GPs, hospitals or other health care professionals confirming your condition, detailing your treatment plan.
- If you have repeat prescriptions for medication you take specifically to treat a health condition affecting your mobility, you can include these.