Apply for or renew a Blue Badge in Scotland
The Blue Badge scheme supports people who cannot easily get around by helping them park closer to their destination. Blue Badges are also known as disabled parking permits.
Apply or renew online
You can apply for or renew your Blue Badge online.
A few weeks before the expiry date printed on your Blue Badge you should decide if you still need help to get around. If you do, you should apply for a new Blue Badge.
You might be required to attend a mobility assessment or provide up-to-date evidence of your eligibility.
All online applications will be sent to your local council who are responsible for the Blue Badge scheme in your area.
Councils have the option to charge up to £20 for a badge. You should ask your local council if there's a charge before you make an application.
What you'll need to apply or renew online:
- National Insurance number or NHS Number
- proof of your address
- proof of your identity
- a passport photo
- details of your current badge (if you have one)
If you apply or renew online, you'll be asked a few eligibility questions.
When you cannot apply online
If you're not able to apply online, or want to apply in writing, you should contact your local council for an application form.
You cannot use the online form if you're applying for:
- a visually impaired child or young person under 16
- someone who meets the risk in traffic criteria
Visit your local council's website for more information on Blue Badge applications.
Update or change your details
You can update or change any details on your badge online. These changes will be sent to your council.
You should contact your local council directly if you need to return a Blue Badge.
How long does a Blue Badge last?
A Blue Badge normally lasts for 3 years but a badge will be issued for less than 3 years if:
- your social security benefit award is for less than 3 years
- you have a temporary but substantial disability lasting between 12 months and 3 years
- you made a successful application under the risk in traffic criteria
Transferring your badge
If you need to transfer a Blue Badge from another part of the UK to Scotland, it's the responsibility of the council that issued your badge to change the address details and inform the new council. You can let your council know about these changes using an online form.
You do not need a replacement badge with the new council's name. When the badge expires, you need to reapply to your new local council.
Track your application
You can track your application online. You'll need the tracking reference number you were given when the application was submitted.
Return to a saved application
You can return to a saved application. You'll need the tracking reference number you were given when the application was submitted.
If your application is not successful
If you're successful in your application for a Blue Badge and want to request a review, you need to contact your local council.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
You'll have to apply to: