Am I eligible for a Blue Badge?


Blue Badges for people with hidden disabilities

From 30 August 2019, people with hidden disabilities can apply for a Blue Badge.

Although applications can be submitted from this date, there will be significant delays to processing applications under the new hidden disabilities criteria.

Please bear with us while we set up new processes and absorb the new guidance, which has only recently been issued by the government.

For information on the new criteria and to apply online, please visit GOV.UK.

If you are disabled or have a health condition that limits your mobility you can apply for a Blue Badge.

There are two types of eligibility.

Eligible without further assessment

If you meet one or more of the following you may be eligible for a Blue Badge without further assessment. We will need proof of your entitlement.

  • Higher rate mobility component of the Daily Living Allowance
  • Registered blind
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) with 8 or more points in the ‘moving around’ category
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) with 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity, because you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress
  • Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariff 1 to 8 with a permanent or substantial disability)
  • War pensioners mobility supplement

Eligible subject to further assessment

You may still be eligible for a Blue Badge if you don’t qualify automatically. This will be determined by an assessment.

You may qualify if:

  • you drive regularly but have a severe disability that affects both arms
  • you have a permanent or substantial disability that means walking is either very difficult or impossible
  • you cannot walk or have considerable difficulty walking due to a permanent or substantial physical disability

We may contact you to arrange an assessment once we have received your application.

Children under the age of three

You can apply if your child has a specific medical condition which means they:

  • must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty
  • need to be kept near a vehicle at all times so that they can, if necessary, be treated for their condition in the vehicle or taken quickly to a place where they can be treated

How to apply

If you think you are eligible, apply for a Blue Badge

Read more about the Blue Badge application process