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.
You could automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you:
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.
You may qualify for a badge if you are more than three years old and either:
You may be asked to provide medical evidence to support your condition.
Please see the Department for Transport guidance (external link) for further information.
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:
You may be asked to provide medical evidence of your child's condition.
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.Page 2 of 8