Are you entitled to a Blue Badge?
Over 2 million people if the UK have a Blue Badge. You may be entitled to one too if you’re disabled or have a health condition that affects your mobility, or if you care for a child with a health condition.
As well as free parking in the UK, a Blue Badge also exempts you from London congestion charging and it is recognised in all European countries.
You’re automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if you:
- are registered as blind
- get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and scored 8 points or more in the ‘moving around’ area of your assessment – check your decision letter if you’re not sure
- get War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
- received a lump sum payment as part of the Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariffs 1 to 8) and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability.
You might still be able to get a badge, but the application is more complicated if you’re not automatically eligible. You’ll have to fill in an extra part of the application to show why you need one. You should do this if:
- you have problems walking that are permanent, or that your doctor says are likely to last at least a year
- you can’t use your arms
- you’re applying on behalf of a child aged over 2 who has problems walking, or a child under 3 who needs to be close to a vehicle because of a health condition
You are not eligible if you only have a temporary condition.
How to apply
Before you apply, make sure you have:
- your National Insurance number or child reference number if you’re applying for a child
- your driving licence if you have one
- the number, expiry date and local council on your current blue badge, if you have one
You’ll also need:
- your original decision letter from the Department of Work and Pensions – if you’re automatically eligible for a badge
- proof of identification, for example a birth or marriage certificate, passport, ID card or driving licence
- proof of address, such as a Council Tax bill or a utility bill dated within the last 3 months
- a photograph of the person the badge is for.
Send copies of your documents rather than originals, in case your application gets lost in the post.
You can apply for your Blue Badge online on GOV.UK or, if you’d prefer to apply using a paper form, you can contact your local council and ask for one.
If you have a terminal illness, it’s best to ask for a paper form directly – tell your council you’re terminally ill when you call. If you apply online, make sure you write clearly that you’re terminally ill when you’re asked to describe your medical condition. There won’t be a box to tick.
Using your Blue Badge
When you get your Blue Badge, you should be given a leaflet from your council explaining how to use it. If you don’t get one, either ask or download a copy from GOV.UK. Take care – if you or anyone else misuses your badge there can be a fine of up to £1000!
If you need help to apply for a blue badge you can contact us at Citizens Advice Surrey Heath. We can also help you find out what other support is available to help you with your health or social care condition.