Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
Last updated: 9 December 2019

Apply for Blue Badge

If you struggle to get around and use a car, you could get a Blue Badge.

A Blue Badge lets you park closer to your destination. It can also help you stay active and independent.

The badge is usually valid for 3 years.

You can apply for a Blue Badge yourself, for someone else, or on behalf of an organisation (such as a care home).

Check your eligibility and apply online

Visit GOV.UK to check your eligibility and apply for a Blue Badge.

If you already have a Blue Badge and it's nearly expired, you can 'renew' and apply again online. Blue Badges are not renewed automatically and your eligibility will be checked again.

Councils can charge up to £20 for a Blue Badge. If you're unsure, check on your council's website before applying.

If you do not want to apply online, you can contact your local council to apply for a Blue Badge.

After you apply

Your local council will process your application. They will let you know if you need to attend a mobility assessment too.

A mobility assessment is a meeting with a healthcare professional who will check if you're:

  • eligible for a Blue Badge
  • getting all the support you need to get around

You'll get a decision about your application in around 12 weeks

If your application is not successful, you can ask for a review. You can find more information about how to do this in the letter from your council.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

If you do not live in Scotland, you should apply for a Blue Badge with:

  • GOV.UK if you live in England and Wales
  • NI direct if you live in Northern Ireland