Blue Badge

Who can get a Blue Badge

A Blue Badge allows some disabled people to park closer to their destination, as they are less able to walk long distances or take public transport.

This does not include temporary conditions that are likely to get better in the 3 years the badge is issued for.

Before you apply you should consider all of the information below, as there are different criteria for physical and non-visible (hidden) disabilities.

Automatically eligible

You’re automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if you:

  • are registered severely sight impaired
  • get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mobility Component and score of 8 points or more for the ‘Moving Around’ activity of the mobility component
  • get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mobility Component and score of 10 points for Descriptor E (‘cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant’)
  • get War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
  • have received a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (tariffs 1-8) and have certification of having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking

If you're not automatically eligible

You may still be eligible for a Blue Badge if you:

  • are unable to walk, or have considerable difficulty in walking
  • have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meters
  • have a child under 3 years of age who has a medical condition and needs to be near a vehicle at all times. This is so that they can be treated in the vehicle or quickly driven to receive treatment or need to travel with bulky medical equipment
  • are terminally ill with a progressive disease and are not expected to live for more than 12 months
  • get PIP and are awarded 10 or 12 points for “Cannot follow the route of a familiar or unfamiliar journey without another person, an assistance dog or an orientation aid”, you will need to apply under the subject to further assessment criteria
  • have a non-visible (hidden) disability, like autism or mental health conditions

More information

The Department for Transport is responsible for giving guidance on who can get a Blue Badge. You can find more information about eligibility on GOV.UK.

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