Blue Badge about to expire? Make sure you re-apply early

If you apply to renew a Blue Badge, it could take several weeks to process. To allow time to deal with your application, you can apply up to 3 months before your current badge expires.

Blue Badge Scheme

What is the Blue Badge Scheme?

The Blue Badge Scheme is a national scheme which gives parking concessions for the people mentioned below.

Who is it for?

  • People aged over 2 who have a severe permanent walking disability. 
  • People who are registered blind. 
  • People who get the Higher Rate of Mobility part of Disability Living Allowance. 
  • People who get 8 or more points under the "moving around descriptor" for the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). 
  • People who get a War Pensioners Mobility Supplement. 
  • People who have received a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (compensation) scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive) and the Secretary of State certifies that they have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking. 
  • People who have a severe disability in both arms, regularly drive a vehicle and are unable to operate or have considerable difficulty operating all, or some, types of parking meter. 
  • Children under the age of 3 with specific medical conditions (see the guidance notes for more details).

Is there a charge?

There is a charge of £10. If your application is successful the team will contact you asking for payment.

How do I apply?

Before you apply make sure you read the information above about who blue badges are for.

Apply for a Blue Badge at GOV.UK now

If you apply online at GOV.UK, you will still need to provide our Transport and Education Team with any relevant documentation requested.

The online form linked above is the recognised government website for Blue Badge Applications. There are other websites which are not affiliated with any government agency or the Blue Badge Improvement Service that charge a fee for providing something described as an assistance service. We do not recommend you use any website other than the official one above. If you want any advice or are unsure about making an application, please call us on 01274 438723.

You can also download an application form below.

If you fill in this form, you can return it to the address below:

Transport and Education 
PO Box 1253

Please make sure you put the correct postage on the envelope, or we may not get your application.

Please complete your application form in black ink/biro.

You must enclose one passport size photograph of the person applying for the badge, with your application. This photograph must be of passport standard and taken within the last six months. Also, make sure that the applicant’s name is printed on the back of the photograph.

If you do not provide a photograph, this will delay your application.

Help completing the application form

More information and help for completing the application form can be found in the Blue Badge Application form guidance notes.

If you cannot give sufficient medical evidence of your disability we may ask you to have an Independent Medical Assessment.

Where can I use a Blue Badge?

  • The scheme allows parking concessions such as parking on yellow lines for up to 3 hours or in special disabled person's parking bays. 
  • All Councils and many private companies have parking concessions in their car parks for Blue Badge holders. 
  • The scheme also allows concessionary parking in several European countries - check with the country first. There are no arrangements with any country outside the European Union.

What do I do if I have a Blue Badge that is no longer needed?

You might have a badge you no longer need if:

  • your badge has expired 
  • the medical conditions of the badge holder have changed 
  • the badge holder has died 
  • the badge holder no longer wants or needs the badge for whatever reason.

If a Blue Badge is no longer needed, it must be returned to us straight away. Post your badge to:

Transport and Education Team
Revenue and Benefits Service
Britannia House
Hall Ings

Blue Badge Fraud

Find out about Blue Badge Misuse and Fraud and how to report it.

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Contact details

Transport & Education
PO Box 1253

Phone : 01274 438723
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