Who can apply for a Blue Badge?
Criteria for those with hidden disabilities
The Department for Transport has announced changes to the criteria for applying for a blue badge to include those with hidden disabilities including autism, dementia and mental health conditions. People with these and other conditions are eligible to apply for a Blue Badge, however please be aware not all hidden disabilities will mean automatic eligibility for a Blue Badge. The new criteria came into effect on 30 August 2019.
Individuals eligible without assessment
You will automatically qualify for a Blue Badge with no assessment if you meet any of the following conditions:
- receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
- receive eight points or more under the 'Moving Around' descriptor of the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- score 10 points along with descriptor E in the 'planning and following a journey' part of the mobility component, which states 'you cannot undertake any journeys because it would cause overwhelming psychological/mental distress'.
- are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
- receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
- have been awarded a lump sum benefit at tariff 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable 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 have an enduring or Substantial disability that causes an inability to walk or causes very considerable difficulty in walking, which can include difficulties brought on by anxiety or other mental health issues and causes you significant psychological distress.
- 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 or 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.
If we a face-to-face assessment is required, we will contact you to arrange this.
For further information on Blue Badge eligibility please visit GOV.UK
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.