The blue badge (disabled persons) parking scheme is a national scheme that allows disabled people to maintain their independence by enabling them to park as close as possible to their destination.
A blue badge is not linked to a specific vehicle, it can be used in any car you’re travelling in, whether you’re the driver or passenger.
If you’re a parent or carer of a child with disabilities you can apply for a Blue Badge on their behalf.
Never pay someone to apply for you.
Ignore any websites or companies which offer to apply for a Blue Badge on your behalf, especially for a fee. If you've been affected by a scam like this please contact Citizens Advice.
How to apply for or renew a blue badge
Step 1 - check if you're eligible
See if you meet the eligibility criteria on GOV.UK
Step 2 - check what you need before you apply
You will need to provide:
- the first 6 digits of your current Blue Badge number (if you're reapplying)
- a passport-style photograph of yourself taken within the last month
- your National Insurance number
- proof of address - such as your driving licence, benefit award/pension letter, or we can check our records (we don’t accept utility bills, bank statements or tenancy agreements)
- proof of identity - such as your driving licence, passport, birth or adoption certificate, marriage or civil partnership certificate, or deed poll certificate
- Proof of relevant medical evidence or qualifying disability benefits:
- if you’re in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you may not need to provide your award letter, we’ll check your Blue Badge eligibility with the Department for Works and Pensions on your behalf.
- If you are in receipt of War Pension Mobility Supplement or have been awarded a lump sum from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (tariffs 1-8) and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which means you can’t walk or you find walking very difficult, please contact Veterans UK if you need a copy of your award letter.