Eligibility for people with hidden disabilities

The government is extending the Blue Badge scheme to include those with hidden disabilities such as autism.

We are currently waiting for the Department of Transport to release the new assessment criteria. We will provide further information on this website as soon as we have it.

The scheme will come into force on 30 August 2019.  In the meantime, the current eligibility criteria still apply.  

We cannot accept applications under the new criteria in advance.

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 either 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