Renew your Blue Badge

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

You can apply to renew a Blue Badge for yourself, or on behalf on someone else if you or they are a resident in Suffolk. 

If your previous badge was issued by another Local Authority, you'll need to apply for a Blue Badge as a new applicant. 

The quickest, easiest and most secure way to renew your Blue Badge is online using our website. 

Once Renewal Badges have been approved and paid for, they are issued in priority order based on the expiry date of your current Blue Badge.

Click the green Start button below to begin the renewal process.

Before you begin please ensure you have read the eligibility criteria in the tab below.

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Automatic entitlement criteria

You are automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if you meet 1 of the following conditions:

  • You are registered severely sight impaired
  • You receive the War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
  • You have received a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive), and been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes an inability or very considerable difficulty to walk
  • You receive the Personal Independence Payment Mobility Component and your “moving around” score is 8 points or more
  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (Attendance Allowance and Personal Carer’s Allowance do not form part of our automatic entitlement criteria)*

*Please send us a copy of your award entitlement dated within the last 12 months. If you're unable to find this please contact the Department for Work and Pensions on 03457 123456 to request a new entitlement letter.

We will not be able to process your application without the correct documentation.

Special rules

We have special rules for people who are terminally ill (this means people who have a progressive disease and are not expected to live for more than 6 months).

Your application will need to be supported by a specialist nurse or consultant; this could be in the form of a previously issued letter or a copy of your DS1500 (if issued).

Discretionary entitlement criteria

You may be eligible for a badge if you have a permanent and substantial disability and you:

  • are unable to walk or have a physical disability that means you are unable to walk very far without experiencing severe discomfort and or breathlessness
  • drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter.

Children under 3

A parent of a child under 3 years of age may apply for a badge if the child has a specific medical condition which means that at least one of the following applies:

  • They must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which can't be carried around easily
  • They need to be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that, if necessary, they can be treated in the vehicle, or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated

You may be asked to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment to support your application, which could extend the time taken to process your badge. If this is the case, you will be notified by letter offering an appointment date.

Now you've read our eligibility criteria, you can go to our online renewal form.

If your badge was issued by Suffolk County Council you must renew it in the 12 week period before the expiry date.

If your badge is due to expire within the next 12 weeks and you haven't received your renewal letter please contact 0808 800 4005 (option 2).

If your existing blue badge was not issued by Suffolk County Council please contact 0808 800 4005 (option 2)

If you are renewing a Blue Badge issued after 1 January 2012 you:

  • only need to provide proof of identity if you have changed your name and/or identity in the last 3 years
  • only need to provide proof of address if you have moved within the last 3 years
  • only need to provide a new colour photograph if the picture on your present badge is not a true likeness and/or you would not be easily identified as the badge holder by an enforcement officer

If you are applying under our automatic criteria, you will need to provide photocopied evidence of your mobility benefit:

  • Certificate of Vision Impairment
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award letter which shows the ‘moving around’ descriptor under the ‘mobility component’ section confirming you receive 8 points or more (this letter must be dated within the last 12 months)
  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance award letter (not Attendance Allowance or Personal Carer’s Allowance)
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement award letter
  • Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive) award letter 

The easiest way to provide these is to send us scanned copies via email to bluebadgeteam@suffolk.gov.uk.

There is a £10 charge for a Blue Badge. We will ask for payment if your application is successful - so please don't send payment with your evidence.

Returning your expired badge

If you are renewing a Blue Badge that has expired, please return the expired badge to us via post to:

Blue Badge Team
Suffolk County Council
PO Box 258
Stowmarket
IP14 9BU

Providing an email address

Including an email address can save us time when processing your application.

If you, or the person applying on your behalf, are able to provide an email address we will use this to contact you if we require any more information to speed up the decision process regarding your badge.

We will also use this to let applicants know if their application has been successful, and request payment for the badge.

Once we've received it we'll begin processing your application to renew your Blue Badge.

Please be aware that it takes us 6 weeks to process online applications, and 10 weeks for postal applications.

If you don't hear from us during these time frames it's because we're still dealing with your application, even if you've sent us payment.

If we need any more information from you regarding your application we'll contact you - you do not need to contact us.

Other ways to renew

If you are unable to apply using our form, you can always apply online at GOV.UK.

If you apply using GOV.UK please ensure you:

  • regularly save your application
  • make a note of your tracking reference number (using the upper and lower case letters)

This is to ensure you can go back and access your information at any point. Due to security reasons the online system will lock you out after 30 minutes.

Apply using our paper form

Alternatively, you can download our paper form (PDF, 110 KB) and send it to the following address along with any relevant documentation (see What you need to provide when renewing your badge):

Blue Badge Team
Suffolk County Council
PO Box 258
Stowmarket
IP14 9BU

Your paper application will take 8 weeks to process.

If you have not hear from us within these time frames it means that we're still processing your application. 

If we need any more information from you regarding your application we'll contact you - you do not need to contact us.

Helpful contact numbers

  • Department for Work and Pensions: 08457 123456
  • Service Personnel and Veterans Agency: 0800 169 2277