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Apply for a Blue Badge

2 February 2018

Apply as an individual


To apply as an individual will need to provide:


  • An up to date passport quality photograph of yourself
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Proof of identity, such as a birth certificate, passport or marriage/divorce certificate
  • Proof that you live in Essex, such as a utility bill, council tax statement or letter from NHS or GP
  • Evidence to support your automatic entitlement or discretionary entitlement


Please note: there is a size limit of 1MB per file. If you can't provide photographs or scans you can still complete your online application by leaving the upload page blank and click next.

You can then email or post photocopies of your documents to the Blue Badge Team.

Once your application has been received, the Blue Badge Team will decide if an Independent Mobility Assessment is needed.  You be will contacted separately to arrange this.  Please keep an eye out for an email from do.not.reply.CustomerServices@essex.gov.uk. This may be automatically filtered into your spam folder.

Please note: each application you make, whether this is for a new badge or a renewal, will receive a new application reference number.

Apply as an organisation

An organisation can apply for a Blue Badge if it both cares for and transports people with physical disabilities, who would qualify for an individual Blue Badge in their own right.


Organisations should only consider applying for a Blue Badge for their Special Educational Needs (SEN) transport if they are transporting children with physical disabilities.


In all circumstances, badges will be supplied to organisations rather than to individual staff members.


The badge needs to be visible when transporting people with physical disabilities in their care. It cannot be used when carrying out other business on behalf of the organisation.

Further guidance of your Rights and Responsibilities is available on GOV.UK

Taxi, private hire and community transport operators are unlikely to be eligible as they are rarely involved in the care of people with physical disabilities.  They can however use an individual's Blue Badge when carrying that person as a passenger.

Please note: an organisation is limited to a maximum of 3 badges.