Blue badge scheme
The aim of the Blue Badge scheme is to help people with severe mobility problems caused by visible and non-visible ('hidden') disabilities to park close to their destination.
Exemption from parking fines will end on 30th September 2020 – Don’t wait until the 30th, re-apply now if your badge has expired. You may receive a parking fine if you use your expired badge after 30th September.
Applications are now being considered under the new government criteria including hidden disabilities.
We are unable to make comment on medical conditions and/or individual circumstances.
You will automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you:
- receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
- receive eight points or more under the 'Moving Around' descriptor of the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or score 10 points under Activity 11, descriptor E in the 'planning and following a journey' part of the mobility component, which states 'you cannot undertake any journeys because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress'.
- are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
- receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
- have been awarded a lump sum benefit at tariff 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
You may be eligible for a badge if you:
- have an enduring and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress; in this case you may be asked to have an independent mobility assessment
- drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and have considerable difficulty in operating all, or some, types of parking meter
- are aged under three years and have to be accompanied everywhere by bulky medical equipment
- are at risk of serious harm, or pose a risk of serious harm to any other person, when walking
- are an organisation caring for disabled people meeting the eligibility criteria. This is entirely at our discretion.
Blue Badge Application documents
You are required to provide evidence of your identity, address and qualifying criteria when making your blue badge application.
We have listed below which documents are acceptable to use. We do not return documents once your application has been processed so please only provide a photocopy of the document if you need to retain the original for your own records
Proof of address:
- current Council Tax bill bearing my name and address, dated within the last 12 months
- valid driving licence
- benefit letter from the DWP dated within the last 12 months
- pension letter from the Pension Service dated within the last 12 months
- if under 16, a confirmation letter from the school the child attends
- housing benefit (or other benefit) letter dated within the last 12 months
- award letter from the Service Personnel and Veterans agency dated within the last 12 months
- a confirmation letter from Social Services or other Local Authority service confirming the customer is resident at that address.
- bank Statement or Utility bill dated within the last 3 months.
Proof of identity:
- valid driving licence
- birth/Adoption Certificate
- marriage/Divorce Certificate
- NCC Bus Pass
- certificate of British Nationality
- HMS Forces Card
- identity Card for foreign nationals.
Supporting documents relating to your disability:
- a letter of diagnosis, as up to date as possible
- evidence of the progression of the condition over time
- evidence of prescribed medications relevant to your condition
- evidence of specialist consultations or referrals for such
- evidence of risk planning/assessment
- your patient summary or Summary Care Records
- education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
- care plans from social care teams
- social housing letters/assessment reports from local authority
- letters from other professionals involved in your care
- personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision letters
- evidence of other benefits received
- contact details of professionals who can support your application.
Supporting documents relating to your qualifying benefit:
- proof of Personal Independence Payment (Must include breakdown of either Moving around score of 8 or more for PIPMOVE and 10 points under Planning and following a journey descriptor – must be descriptor E ‘cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant’ and must state end date of award) – Dated within the last 12 months
- proof of higher rate disability allowance – dated within the last 12 months
- proof of War Pensioners Mobility Supplement - dated within the last 12 months
- proof of being awarded a lump sum benefit at tariff 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking – dated within the last 12 months
- proof of being registered blind -CVI or BD.
Apply for a Blue Badge
To apply for a Blue Badge, you will need to complete a form on the GOV.UK website via the link below. The form will ask you some questions about your circumstances to check your initial eligibility. If you are identified as eligible based on your answers, you will be asked to complete further questions that will provide the information we require to assess your eligibility in full for a Blue Badge.
You need to complete this form if you are applying for your first Blue Badge or if you want to re-apply for a Badge you have previously held that has expired.
Before you start
A Blue Badge costs £10. This is the only payment you make as part of the application process. If your application is successful you will receive correspondence to make this payment prior to a badge being issued.
You’ll need a recent digital photo showing your head and shoulders.
You’ll also need a photo or scan of your:
- proof of identity (birth certificate, bus pass, driving licence, marriage certificate, medical ID card or passport)
- proof of address (driving licence or a letter dated within the last 12 months for council tax, from the department of work and pensions, or pensions team)
- proof of benefits (if you receive any)
You’ll also need to know:
- your National Insurance number (if you have one)
- the details of your current Blue Badge (if you're re-applying).
If you can't upload all the requested documents now this will not stop you completing the form. At the end of the application you will get information about how to send us these documents.
Alternative ways to apply
If you prefer to speak to us, you can contact our customer service team
Re-apply for a Blue Badge
We will not automatically send you a new badge when your current one expires. The expiry date is displayed on the current badge and it is your responsibility to re-apply for a new Blue Badge.
Please ensure you keep your contact details with us up to date so that any correspondence we may send goes to the right address.
How to re-apply
The re-application process is the same as when applying for a Blue Badge for the first time. This is because:
- your circumstances (and what you are eligible for) might have changed
- the criteria for getting a Blue Badge might have changed. We need to assess your situation against the latest criteria.
If you are moving address, but are staying within Nottinghamshire, you should send proof of your new address to us so we can keep your record up to date. You can do this via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
The Blue Badge Team
PO Box 1889
This will make sure that any correspondence we may send out will go to the right address.
Moving to another council area
If you are moving to another council area you can carry on using your badge until it is due to expire.
Twelve weeks before the expiry date you will need to apply for your badge again via your new council area, using your new address.
If you have changed your vehicle you don't need to inform us. As the Blue Badge can be used in any vehicle, we don't need to have a record of your new registration number.
Your details will come to us whether you apply online through GOV.UK or complete a paper application form. We will then consider your application and make a decision about whether you are eligible for a badge or not.
We will aim to process applications as quickly as possible, but please allow up to twelve weeks for processing. This includes re-applications.
If you are required to attend an eligibility assessment, we will make an appointment with one of our assessors.
If you are eligible, the badge will be sent to you by second class post once we have received all the correct documents, photograph and payment of £10 from you.
Telephone 0300 500 80 80 if your badge does not arrive within these times.
If you are not eligible
If you are not eligible for a badge, we will write to you explaining this. If you think the decision is wrong, you can ask for us to review it. To request a review, please write to us at the address below and include your reasons for a review and include any new information that you may think will be helpful and has not already been supplied.
The Blue Badge Team
PO Box 1889
You can also do this by email and send it to email@example.com.
You may be asked to have an eligibility assessment with one of our assessors as part of the review. If you have already had this assessment, you must provide new evidence about your application when you ask for the review.
Use of your Blue Badge
Guidance on using your Blue Badge is set out in this Department for Transport booklet.
Where you can use it
In general you can use your badge for parking:
- on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ban on loading or unloading
- at 'on-street' parking meters and pay-and-display machines for free and for as long as you need to
- in disabled parking bays. You can find out which car parks have disabled parking bays by checking the car parks information on the relevant district council website.
Where you cannot use it
The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users you could be fined or have your vehicle removed.
Particular places where you must not park include:
- where a ban on loading or unloading is in force
- where parking places are reserved for specific users such as resident’s bays or loading bays
- pedestrian crossings (zebra, pelican, toucan and puffin crossings), including areas marked by zig-zag lines
- clearways (no stopping)
- a bus stop clearway during its hours of operation
- an urban clearway within its hours of operation. You may only pick up or drop off passengers
- school 'keep clear' markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate
- Bus, tram or cycle lanes or cycle tracks
- Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road (even if one of the lines is broken)
- Where temporary parking restrictions are in force, as shown by no-waiting cones or temporary signs.
Make sure the badge is facing upwards, so that the details on the front can be clearly seen. It should be placed on the dashboard.
You will get a time clock with your badge This must also be displayed when you are parking on a parking restriction, such as a double or single yellow line. Many disabled bays also have time restrictions and you must check the signs before leaving your vehicle.
Displaying the badge and clock on your dashboard helps the Enforcement Officers (traffic wardens) check that the badge is valid and that you have not exceeded the parking time.