The Blue Badge Scheme is a national scheme allowing people who have severe mobility problems, or who are registered blind, to park near to places that they would not otherwise be able to access.
From 30 August 2019 a new criteria for Blue Badges came into effect. This means that some people with non-visible (hidden) conditions can also apply for a Blue Badge.
Where can I park?
This may include access to specific spaces in car parks and being allowed to park free of charge in some pay and display car parks or single or double yellow lines for up to three hours as long as it is safe to do so and does not cause an obstruction. It is important to check the information displayed in each car park to know if charges apply. For more information on where you can park with a Blue Badge visit parking for people with disabilities.
Please note the misuse of a Blue Badge and obtaining a Blue Badge by fraudulent means are very serious criminal offences.
You must now apply for a Blue Badge online
This includes renewal applications, as well as new applications. There is no longer a postal option. This means the process is quicker, simpler and can be done in one transaction, including uploading your photograph and documents and paying the £10 fee online through our free, secure online payment service.
Before you apply you will need the following:
- A recent digital photo showing your head and shoulders (which you will upload)
- A photo or scan of your proof of identity (i.e passport or driving licence)
- Proof of your address (i.e a bill less than twelve months old)
- Proof of benefits (if you receive any)
- If you are applying for a Blue Badge on the basis of a non- visible (hidden) condition, you will need to provide supporting medical documentation from a specialist medical professional treating you.
Please also note that your documents and photo do not need to be uploaded at the time of your online application, if this is a problem for you. You can complete your online application and subsequently post them. We will contact you and advise how you can send them to us once we have received your online application.
If you don’t have access to a computer or smart device to complete the online form, please ask family members, or friends if they can help you.
Alternatively you can use the public access computers at: Dudley Council Plus, or Stourbridge, Brierley Hill and Halesowen Libraries.
Find out more about the Blue Badge scheme in our Frequently Asked Questions.