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​How to apply for a Blue Badge

The Blue Badge scheme is for drivers or passengers with severe mobility problems. The scheme allows Blue Badge holders to park close to where they need to go. The scheme does not apply to off-street car parking. The scheme operates throughout the UK and, in Great Britain, is managed by local authorities who deal with applications and issue badges. You must be resident in the UK to apply for a Blue Badge.

Apply for a Blue Badge online

You can apply for a Blue Badge using the link below if you are resident in Scotland. You will be asked a few questions to see if you may be eligible before applying. These questions will only take two or three minutes. Once you have applied, your form will be sent to your local authority for a decision.

What you’ll need:

  • National Insurance number; (for applicants 16 and over);
  • NHS Number (for applicants under 16);
  • Driving Licence number;
  • A passport photo; and
  • The details of your current badge, if you have one

Already applied?

You can also return to a saved application or track the progress of a completed application.

Who can get a badge?

Who may automatically qualify for a Blue Badge?

According to legislation anyone over two years old automatically qualifies for a Blue Badge if they:

  • are registered blind; or
  • receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement; or
  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance; or
  • meets a "Moving Around" descriptor for the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) that indicates that they either cannot stand or can stand but walk no more than 50 metres (8 points or more); or
  • meets the "Planning and Following Journeys" descriptor for the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) that indicates that they can't follow the route of a familiar journey without another person, an assistance dog or an orientation aid (12 points); or
  • received a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8) and has been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

Other people who may qualify for a Blue Badge

If you do not qualify automatically, you may need to be assessed by your local authority. Your local authority might also ask you to be assessed by an independent mobility assessor, like an occupational therapist or physiotherapist. They will decide if you can have a Blue Badge according to the eligibility criteria set out in the legislation.

Anyone over two years old may be eligible for a Blue Badge, if they either:

  • have a permanent and substantial disability which means they are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk; or
  • are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk because of a temporary but substantial disability which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months but less than 3 years; or
  • regularly drive a motor vehicle, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating , all or some types of parking meter.

People with a psychological disorder will not normally qualify unless their impairment means they are unable or virtually unable to walk.

Special rules for children under three years old

If you are a parent of a child who is younger than three years old, you may also apply for a Blue Badge on their behalf. To get a Blue Badge, your child must have a specific medical condition which means that they either:

  • must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which is very difficult to carry around; or
  • need to be kept near a vehicle at all times to get treatment for a condition when necessary.

Bulky medical equipment includes any of the following:

  1. ventilators
  2. suction machines
  3. feed pumps
  4. parenteral equipment
  5. syringe drivers
  6. oxygen administration equipment
  7. continual oxygen saturation equipment
  8. casts and associated medical equipment for the correct of hip dysplasia

Organisational badges

Organisations that both care and transport disabled people who would qualify for a Blue Badge in their own right may apply for an organisational Blue Badge through their local authority. However, this is entirely at the discretion of the issuing Local Authority and any organisation that qualifies must follow the conditions for using it. Organisational badges must not be used by non-disabled members for their own benefit and must not be on display except for when the vehicle is being used for the benefit of people with disabilities.

When making an application for an organisational Blue Badge, you will be asked for evidence that the vehicles on which the badge will be displayed are licensed under the Disabled Passenger Vehicle taxation class. This will usually be a photocopy of the vehicle's tax disc. You will also be asked for information such as the number of qualifying disabled people being cared for, the type of vehicle being used to carry passengers and whether the vehicle is adapted.

It is important to note that the organisational badge is awarded to an organisation or department within it. It is not awarded to an individual.

The badge must only be used for the purposes of transporting disabled people who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria. Where an organisation is transporting individuals who are badge holders then in the first instance they should use an individual's badge, remembering to return the badge to the individual once the journey is completed.

Ways to apply for a Blue Badge

The quickest and easiest way to apply is on-line. However, you can also apply for a badge by contacting your local authority directly. You can also contact your local authority if you have questions or problems during your on line application.

What you will need to provide:

  • your National Insurance number or Child Reference Number;
  • your driving licence number, if you have one;
  • a digital or signed photograph; and
  • the number, expiry date and local authority given on your current badge, if you have one

Photographs should match passport standards - see 'Passport photos and who can certify them' for more information. If you send your photo in digitally, it should be:

  • in colour
  • in .JPG or .GIF format
  • no larger than 200 KB
  • the same aspect ratio as a passport photo - where the height is 1.29 times the width

You may also need to send other documents or evidence when you apply to your local authority. There will be a message about this on the screen if this is the case, and your local authority's address will be shown. Your local authority will get in touch if they need any more information, if they decide that you need a mobility assessment and to let you know whether your application has been successful. Download the Can I get a Blue Badge? leaflet.

If your application is accepted

If your local authority decides you are eligible for a badge, they will order a Blue Badge for you using the details provided on the application form.  You will receive an badge pack either directly, or from your local authority, the pack will take at least five days to be delivered to you or your local authority from the date that the local authority requested the badge.  Your application pack will contain a letter from your local authority with contact details which you should note, your badge, a parking clock for use when travelling in England or Wales and a “Rights and responsibilities of a Blue Badge holder” leaflet.  Before you use your badge please read the leaflet.  If someone else will be driving please make them aware of their rights and responsibilities.


If your application is refused

If your local authority decides you are not eligible for a badge, they should tell you the reason why. You can ask them to reconsider your case if you do not think all the important information was taken into account.

You can also re-apply if you feel that your mobility problems have become more serious since a previous assessment.

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    • Source Direct Scot
    • Last Updated: 10 May 2013