Eligibility

You automatically qualify 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

  • If you’re not automatically eligible it’s worth applying as you might still be able to get a badge. 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