Who can apply for a Blue Badge?
Criteria for those with hidden disabilities
The Department for Transport has introduced changes to the criteria for applying for a blue badge to include those with hidden disabilities. The new criteria came into effect on 30 August 2019.
Individuals eligible without assessment
Applicants that meet one of the following conditions may receive a Blue Badge without assessment:
- Receives the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living. Allowance Attendance allowance is not taken into consideration for eligibility without assessment. You will need to provide a copy of your letter of entitlement, dated within the last year.
- Receives a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) because you can’t walk more than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component). You will need to provide a copy of your letter of entitlement, dated within the last year. Please note that we will need to see both the page showing your name and address and the page showing your "moving around descriptor" score.
- Receives the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress. You will need to provide a copy of your letter of entitlement, dated within the last year. Please note that we will need to see both the page showing your name and address and the page showing your descriptor and score.
- Is a registered blind person under the National Assistance Act 1948.
- Receives a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement.
- Has been awarded a benefit (giving rise to a lump sum at tariffs 1-8 inclusive) under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and has also been certified by the Service Personnel and Veterans agency as having a permanent and severe disability which means they cannot walk or have severe difficulty in walking.
Individuals eligible following assessment
Those who do not meet any of the conditions above, but meet one of the following, may be able to receive a Blue Badge following assessment:
- You cannot walk at all.
- You cannot walk without help from someone else or using mobility aids.
- You find walking very difficult due to pain, breathlessness or the time it takes.
- Walking is dangerous to your health and safety.
- You have a terminal illness, which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult and have a DS1500 form.
- You have a severe disability in both arms and drive regularly, but cannot operate pay-and-display parking machines.
- A child under the age of 3 with a medical condition that means the child always needs to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment.
- A child under the age of 3 with a medical condition that means the child must always be kept near a vehicle in case they need emergency medical treatment.
- You are constantly a significant risk to themselves or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks.
- You struggle severely to plan or follow a journey.
- You find it difficult or impossible to control your actions and lack awareness of the impact you could have on others.
- You regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control.
- You frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces.
If we feel a face-to-face assessment is needed, we will contact you to invite you in.
An organisation can apply for a badge if:
- The organisation cares for and transports disabled people who would themselves meet one or more of the conditions for a Blue Badge; and
- Has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual Blue Badges of people it cares for.
Issuing Organisation Blue Badges is entirely at our discretion. Any organisations that do qualify must follow the conditions of issue.