Blue Badge eligibility and applications

Apply for a Blue Badge

Find out how to get a disabled permit to park nearer to the places you need to go.

Who can apply

Blue Badges are usually for people who are disabled, blind or have health problems that make it difficult to get around. Find out who can get a Blue Badge.

How to apply

The application steps are:

  1. Check if you can apply.
  2. Apply using the Blue Badge online form External link.
  3. The form will ask you to upload documents and a photo.
  4. Pay the £10 Blue Badge fee online when the form asks you to. You might qualify for a free badge.
  5. We process your application, which usually takes six to eight weeks if you qualify automatically. If not, it can take longer and we may need more medical evidence, or to see you for an assessment.
  6. Your badge will arrive in the post. If your application is refused, we will let you know with a letter and refund your £10 fee.
Apply for a Blue Badge online External link

Before you start

What you'll need

To fill out the online form, you will need:

  • your contact details
  • your email address (we send all renewal reminders by email)
  • your National Insurance number External link (if you have one)
  • details of your current Blue Badge (if you have one)
  • your driving licence number (if you have one)

You will also be asked to upload a photo or scan of:

You can post paper copies to us instead. Find out how on: Help with your application

Cost and paying

Blue Badges cost £10, unless you qualify for a free badge. The form will ask you to pay online when you submit your application. This is the quickest way to pay. If your application is not successful, you will get a refund.

You do not have to pay for a Blue Badge if it is for:

  • a child under 16
  • someone with a terminal illness
  • someone receiving a war pensioner’s mobility supplement
  • someone on the armed forces compensation scheme (tarrif one to eight with a permanent or substantial disability)
If you qualify for a free badge in one of these ways, choose ‘Submit application and pay later’ when the online form asks you to pay.

Other ways to apply

The only way to apply is by using the Blue Badge online form External link.

If you find this difficult, you can ask for help and use a computer for free at any library or community hub.

Help with your application

Get help and find out how to post documents or pay by phone on:
Help with your application.

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