Blue Badge Eligibility

Due to national changes to the criteria for Blue Badges it will take us a little longer than usual to process your application. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. 

The guidelines and criteria we use to process your application is set by the Department for Transport.

Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Eligible without further assessment (automatically eligible)

People who will be issued a badge without further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one, or more of the following descriptions:

  • Receives the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
  • Receives 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Receives the mobility component of PIP and has obtained 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the “planning and following journeys” activity, on the grounds that they are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause them overwhelming psychological distress
  • Is registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • Receives a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • Has been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking. *Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) awards are NOT included in the eligibility criteria.

Eligible subject to further assessment

People who may be issued a badge after further assessment are those who are more than two years old and may be described as one, or more of the following:

  • A person who drives a vehicle regularly, has a severe disability in both arms and is unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter
  • A person who has been certified by an expert assessor as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes them, during the course of a journey, to:
    - Be unable to walk
    - Experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress
  • Be at risk of serious harm when walking; or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person.

Children under the age of three

Since 17 June 2011, children under the age of three have been eligible for a badge if they fall under either or both of the following criteria:

  • A child who, on account of a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty
  • A child who, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given.

People with severe disability in both arms

This criterion is intended to cover disabled drivers who, because of a severe disability in both of their arms are unable, or find it very difficult, to use on-street parking equipment.

When making an assessment under this criterion, local authorities will need to consider whether the applicant meets all of the following:

  • Regularly drives an adapted or non-adapted vehicle; and
  • Has a severe disability in both arms; and
  • Is unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty operating, all or some types of parking meter.