Blue Badges

2. Eligibility for a Blue Badge

The Department for Transport has announced that they will be changing the Blue Badge criteria to include those with non-physical disabilities.

Full details of the changes and timescales have not yet been finalised but we will update our website and processes as soon as they have. 

Please note that until that time, applications received will have to be assessed against the current criteria. 

For more information see the GOV.UK website.  

Some people are automatically eligible for a Blue Badge based on the criteria outlined below, whilst others need to give detailed information on their personal circumstances in an application to prove they qualify. Please note that the rules about eligibility for a Blue Badge have changed considerably. Even if you have held a Blue Badge in the past, this does not mean that you will be able to get one again.  

Automatic eligibility

You could automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you:

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance.
  • receive 8 points or more for the 'Moving Around' element of the mobility component of Personal independence Payment (PIP)*
  • receive a war pensioner's mobility supplement.
  • are registered blind (partially sighted is not an automatic qualification for a badge).

Please check your benefit to ensure you qualify before starting the application. In particular if you receive PIP check that you have 8 points or more in the moving around element.

*A photocopy of the full PIP document including the points breakdown is required for applications under this category. The front page of the letter will not be enough.

Other circumstances

You may qualify for a badge if you are more than three years old and either:

  • Have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have considerable difficulty in walking.
  • Drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meters.

You may be asked to provide medical evidence to support your condition.

Please see the Department for Transport guidance (external link) for further information.

Children under the age of 3 years

A parent of a child who is less than three years old may apply for a badge for their child if the child has a specific medical condition which means they:

  • Must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which can not be carried around with the child without great difficulty and/or;
  • Need to be kept near a vehicle at all times so that they can if necessary be treated in the vehicle or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated such as a hospital.

You may be asked to provide medical evidence of your child's condition.

Organisational badges

Blue Badges for organisations may be issued to an organisation for use in a motor vehicle used solely for the purpose of transporting disabled people who would themselves be eligible for a badge.  An organisation is defined as meaning an organisation concerned with the care of disabled persons to which a disabled person's badge may be issued.

You will be required to provide proof of any vehicle adaptations and Disabled Passenger Vehicle (DPV) excise exemption.

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