Some people automatically qualify for a Blue Badge. Others may qualify following an assessment to see if their mobility impairment is severe enough. This is to ensure only those who need a badge get one.
Automatic entitlement criteria
You are automatically eligible for a badge if you meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
- Are registered severely sight impaired (blind)
- Receive a War Pensioner Mobility Supplement
- Awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having a permanent disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking.
Discretionary entitlement criteria
You may be eligible for a badge if you have a permanent disability and:
- are unable to walk or have a physical disability that means they are unable to walk very far without experiencing severe discomfort;
- drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter.
Special rules for children under three
A parent of a child under three years of age may apply for a badge for their child if the child has a specific medical condition which means that they:
- Must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty; and/or
- Need to be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can, if necessary, be treated in the vehicle, or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital.
These eligibility rules changed on the 17th June 2011 to apply to children three years of age and under, previously they applied to children two years and under.
For information on some of the medical conditions not eligible for a badge see our guidance notes