Blue Badge scheme

Information about applying for a Blue Badge, including the eligibility criteria, how to renew or replace your badge and what to do if you are a new applicant.

The Blue Badge scheme helps people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services by allowing them to park close to their destination. The scheme is open to people who travel as a driver or as a passenger.

Blue Badge scheme: consultation on eligibility

There is currently a consultation in progress which began on Sunday 21 January and will end on 18 March 2018 from the Department for Transport.

They have accordingly committed to look again at how the scheme works for people with hidden disabilities, to ensure that the rules and guidance are clear and that those with the greatest needs have access to a Blue Badge. This accords with the government’s manifesto commitment to give parity of esteem to mental and physical health conditions. 

Find out more information and take part in the consultation on GOV.UK.

The Department for Transport will provide a summary of responses to the proposals, including the next steps, which will be published within 3 months of the consultation closing.

Check if you can apply for a Blue Badge

Before applying please check if you are eligible for a Blue Badge. 

How to send in your supporting documentation

You can attach your supporting documentation and email

Notice about Blue Badge renewals

You must return any expired badges and/or your current badge to us once it has expired. If you display your renewed badge before your current badge expires, you could incur a fine as you must not use it until its date of validity. Find out more and how to return your badge.

April 2018

Please be aware:

  • online applications (once we've received all required documentation to support your application) take 6 weeks to process
  • and paper applications are taking 10 weeks.

All pages in this section

Apply for a Blue Badge parking permit

Details of the criteria that you must meet to be eligible for a Blue Badge, as well as what documents you will need to provide if you're a new applicant.

Renew your Blue Badge

Instructions on how to renew your Blue Badge, including how to return your expired badge to us.

Replace your Blue Badge or inform us of a change of circumstances

What to do if your Blue Badge is lost, stolen or damaged, as well as how to inform us of a change in circumstance e.g. name or address.

Organisation eligibility

Information about how organisations can be eligible and how they can apply for a Blue Badge.

Blue Badge misuse

Information about Blue Badge misuse, including how to report it and what the consequences are if you are found to be misusing a badge.

Blue Badge scheme FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Blue Badge scheme, including information about cost, payment and delivery time.

Return a Blue Badge

Instructions on how to return a Blue Badge to us if your badge has expired, if the badge holder has died or if you find a Blue Badge.

Important notice relating to Blue Badge renewals

You must return any expired badges and/or your current badge once it expires to us immediately.