All applicants will need to provide the following documents, plus depending which category you're applying under, additional evidence may be required.

Important: Please send copies only as we cannot return original documents to you.

Proof of identity

Any one of the following:

  • a passport
  • a valid driving licence (This cannot be used as both proof of address and proof of ID)
  • a birth/adoption or marriage/divorce certificate
  • a civil partnership/dissolution certificate

And, Proof of address

Any one of the following:

  • a current year Council Tax statement
  • a benefit or pensions letter dated within the last 12 months
  • an NHS/doctor’s letter or utility bill dated in the last 3 months
  • a valid driving licence (This cannot be used as both proof of address and proof of ID)

(Note: Address details held on the DWP database cannot be used to verify your current address)


This must:

  • be taken within the last 6 months (we cannot accept photos that have been used on a previous Blue Badge)
  • be in colour
  • show the applicant's full face
  • be looking straight at the camera
  • have eyes open and clearly visible

Please note: Photos should be similar to passport photos, but they don’t need to be taken in a photo booth, or by a professional. You can upload a photo from your digital camera, smartphone or tablet. See guidance for taking a digital photo from the HM Passport Office.

National Insurance Number

You should also have your National Insurance Number to hand, as you will be asked for it on the form.

Additional documents

You may need to provide additional documents, depending on which category you're applying under. See the relevant page of this guide for more details.

How to send documents

Find out how to send documents.