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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.

If you are disabled you can apply for a Blue Badge to help you park close to your destination. The cost of a badge is currently £10.

You can use a Blue Badge as a driver or as a passenger. You don’t need to own your own car.

You can check your eligibility for a Blue Badge here.

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About the application process

It takes an average of 12 weeks to deal with a new application. You’ll need to submit documents and a photo. If you apply online and supply us with a current email address, you will be kept updated about the progress of your application.

If you would prefer to apply using a paper application form, see below.

If your application is successful it will be submitted to the national issuing office for processing.

For details about what you need to do, see the Blue Badge application process.

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Contacting us

If you have any queries about the application process, you can email us. If you are emailing about an application you’ve submitted, we will need your full name, date of birth and postcode to assist with your enquiry.

You can also call our information line on 01323 464244. The information line is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 4pm. Due to limited resources, this number is very busy. You may not get through immediately. You can email us and ask for a call back.

Paper application forms

It is quicker to apply online but you can also download and print the application form. Please note, this form can only be printed and completed by hand.

Organisations that provide paper forms

These organisations hold paper application forms and can also help you with filling them in:

The following places have application forms but cannot help you to complete them:

Unfortunately we cannot send application forms in the post.