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.
We are currently operating as standard in relation to Blue Badge applications and where information can be supplied your application will be assessed and processed in accordance with current service level agreements. However, we fully understand that given the current situation with Covid-19, it may not be possible for applicants and/or their representatives to get copies of documents required for an application. We would like to assure you we will try our very best to obtain the required information from records we hold about you.
We would like to assure you that we understand you may face extra challenges in completing an application and therefore the application will remain open for you to supply information when you can. If you cannot provide what is requested, we ask that you please let us know so we can appropriately mark your application for the future.
In line with Government advice regarding social distancing and isolation we would recommend that you only make an application where absolutely necessary to avoid these challenges.
- Blue badge eligibility
- Apply for a blue badge
- Decision-making process
- Use of your blue badge
- Re-apply for a blue badge
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 are unable to complete the form online, you can contact our Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80.
You can find other ways to contact us on our website.