Can I get a Blue Badge?

Find out if you're able to apply for a Blue Badge for yourself, family or the organisation you work for.

You automatically qualify if:

  • you receive the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • or you receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
  • or you receive an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) award, tariffs 1-8 and have been assessed by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) as having a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking
  • or you are registered as blind under the National Assistance Act 1948 (partially sighted people do not automatically qualify)
  • you've scored 8 points or more in the ‘moving around’ activity within the mobility component of your Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award

You may qualify if:

  • you have a child under three years old and need to transport bulky medical equipment for urgent treatment, or always be near a vehicle so they can be treated or driven to a place for treatment for a permanent illness
  • or you drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and can't work or have considerable difficulty working parking meters
  • or have a permanent and substantial disability which affects your mobility and means you have considerable difficulty in walking

Applying for a Blue Badge with a non-visible (hidden) condition

Applications for non-visible (hidden) conditions will not be accepted until the 30 August 2019

Having a certain condition or disability does not automatically entitle somebody to a Blue Badge. 

However, please consider applying for a Blue Badge if the applicant has a non-visible (hidden) condition, causing them to severely struggle with journeys between a vehicle and their destination, and either:

  • is constantly a significant risk to themself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
  • severely struggles to plan or follow a journey
  • finds it difficult or impossible to control their actions and lacks awareness of the impact they could have on others
  • regularly has intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
  • frequently becomes extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces

If one or more of these are relevant, then you can apply for a Blue Badge with us through GOV.UK.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

An applicant would be automatically eligible if, in their PIP mobility assessment, they scored 10 points in “Planning and following a journey”. Specifically, the 10 points (Descriptor E), which says:

“Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant.”

If the applicant or yourself did not score this, then you can still apply for a Blue Badge with us through GOV.UK.

Other benefits

There is no automatic eligibility with other benefits, including:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)

Mobility assessment

If we’re not able to decide if you’re eligible for a Blue Badge based on the application we may need to do a mobility assessment. Our assessments are done by Occupational Therapists.

Apply for a Blue Badge

If you're eligible, you can apply for a Blue Badge with us through GOV.UK.

Page last updated: 19 August 2019
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