Renewing your Blue Badge

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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.

Blue Badges last for a maximum of three years from the date of issue.

We do not automatically renew badges.

All badges are reviewed to check whether you are still eligible for one. In some instances you may be asked to undergo a mobility assessment when your Blue Badge is due for review.

Renew online

You can renew your badge online. But if you have already sent a paper review form to us, do not use the online form to send another one. This delays your application.

Renew your badge online

If you apply online and supply your email address, you will be kept informed of progress. Please ensure that you have uploaded the required documentation.

Sending the review form to you

If you do not renew online, we will send you a review form approximately six weeks before your badge expires.

If you’ve moved home since your existing badge was issued, please email us with your new address. We will also need to know your full name and date of birth, plus your old address and postcode.

Email the Blue Badge Team

Returning the review form

If you do not include the required documentation, your application will be delayed.

Photo for your badge

You will need a recent photo taken in the last 3 months to go with your application. The requirements for this photo are the same as a photo for your passport.

Sending a new badge to you

If your review is successful, we will ask you to pay for your new badge. It will cost £10.

After we receive payment, your application will be submitted to the national issuing office for processing.

What to do if your badge expires before you receive a new one

You must not use an expired Blue Badge under any circumstances.

If your badge has expired and you haven’t received a new one, this means we haven’t received your form and documents.

If your review is not successful

If your Blue Badge review is not successful, we will tell you why. If you have sent in a cheque or postal order to pay for your badge this will be returned to you. You will need to return your expired Blue Badge to us.

What to do with your expired badge

All expired Blue Badges should be sent back to us. See returning a Blue Badge.

Moving from another county

If you have moved from another county where your badge was issued, you cannot renew your badge. You will need to apply as a new badge holder, but you can still use your current badge until it expires.