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Eligibility and how to apply for a Personal Blue Badge

Automatic Entitlement to a Blue Badge

If a person meets one of the criteria listed below then they can apply for a Blue Badge:

  • People who are Severely Sight Impaired (blind) and in receipt of a certificate of vision impairment (CVI) or BD8 form. This does not include registered partially sighted

  • Receive Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMDLA)

  • Receive Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and have been awarded 8 points or more for the Mobility Component of the “Moving Around” descriptor

  • People who receive the War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement

  • People who received a benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme

If you meet one of these criteria and have evidence to prove it then you can apply
for a Blue Badge telephone 0300 555 0055.

Severe Mobility Problems or Disability in Both Arms

People who are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty walking may be entitled to a Blue Badge. The reasons for having a severe mobility problem must be permanent.
There can be many factors that cause people to have difficulty walking. Factors such as excessive pain, breathing problems and the speed people walk may all be taken into consideration. This difficulty must affect a person when walking a short distance of just 80 metres (87½ yards).

If a person drives a car and has a severe disability in their arms that prevents them from being able to use all or some parking meters or ticket machines then they may be entitled to a Blue Badge.

To establish if a person meets this criteria for a Blue Badge they will be required to complete an application form which asks questions about their health, medication, and how they normally get about. The information on the form will be considered by an Independent Mobility Assessor who may ask the person to attend an assessment to establish if they meet the criteria for a Blue Badge to be provided.

If you are unable to walk or find walking 80 metres very difficult or have disability in both arms then you can apply for a Blue Badge here.

Children under the Age of 3 years

There are two reasons why a child under the age of 3 years old may be eligible for a Blue Badge:

If they have a condition that means when they travel they are required to have bulky medical equipment with them that causes great difficulty

Examples of bulky medical equipment are: Ventilators; suction machines; feed pump; parenteral equipment; syringe drivers; oxygen administration equipment; continuous oxygen saturation monitoring equipment; casts and associated medical equipment for correction of hip dysplasia

If they suffer from a condition which requires that they must be always kept near a motor vehicle so that they can, if necessary, be treated for that condition in the vehicle or be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where they can be treated

Examples are: children with tracheotomies; severe epilepsy/fitting; highly unstable diabetes or terminally ill children who can only access brief moments of outside life and need a quick route home.

Blue badges will only be issued for children in theses categories up to their 3rd birthday

If your are the parent or carer of a child who meets one of the above criteria then you can apply for a Blue Badge by completing the application form.

Application for a Blue Badge (Children under 3 years old)