Blue Badges

4. Apply for a Blue Badge

All applications are treated as a new application, even if you have held a Blue Badge before.

Blue Badges are normally valid for 3 years from the date of issue. We will send a renewal notice six weeks before your renewal date.

You can apply for a Blue Badge on the official GOV.UK website, but before you do you need to be aware of the following information.

Before you start

You will need:

  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Your driving licence number (if you have one)
  • The details of your current Blue Badge (if you have one)
  • Blue Badge reminder code (if you have one on your reminder notification)
  • Card payment details to pay the £10 charge if successful
  • A passport style photograph taken within the last 12 months
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of relevant benefits dated within the last 12 months if applying under one of these categories

You can upload these onto the online application form or email the documents and photograph to or post to the Blue Badge service.

*Please do not send original documents*

It is important that your application shows why you meet the eligibility criteria. The decision whether to grant a Blue Badge is made by looking only at the information you give in your application.

Please note:

  • If you're not automatically eligible you will be asked to describe any relevant condition(s) which you think mean you meet the eligibility criteria. As different people with the same condition may have different symptoms, you will need to provide details of your own circumstances to help us assess your application fully.
  • Your application is not complete until you have submitted the supporting evidence required
  • The application will time out after 60 minutes, but, you will be able to extend your session
  • We recommend that you regularly save your application and enter an email address when prompted to avoid losing anything
  • If your application is not submitted within 14 days, it will be deleted
  • It may take up to 28 days for us to process your application
  • We will write to you if there is a problem with your application or you are unsuccessful
  • The Citizen's Advice Bureau offer help with applications.

Apply online for a Blue Badge via the official GOV.UK website:

Start your application for a Blue Badge >

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