Eligibility – who can have one?
Blue Badges are for people with severe mobility problems or those who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic. Some people can get a Blue Badge automatically and others may need further assessment.
You may also be eligible for a Blue Badge if you have a shorter term condition which is expected to severely affect your mobility for at least 12 months.
You can apply:
- for yourself
- for someone else
- on behalf of an organisation
Download the application guide for further information.
Check your eligibility online
Use the Blue Badge eligibility tool to see if you meet the criteria for a Blue Badge.
There are special rules for people with mental conditions or cognitive impairments.
People who lack awareness of danger from traffic
People who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic because of a mental condition may be eligible for a Blue Badge.
If you want to apply for a Blue Badge on behalf of someone with a mental condition the applicant must:
- have a diagnosed mental disorder (a legal term we have to use that means a mental illness, a personality disorder or a learning disability)
- lack awareness of danger from traffic, meaning something is likely to risk the applicant's safety or the safety of other people during journeys
You will need to show that other strategies to control the risk do not work.
If you want to apply for a Blue Badge under this criteria there is a different application process. Contact your local council for the full eligibility criteria and details of how to apply.