Blue Badge Eligibility
Applications can take up to 12 weeks to process.
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.
Fast Track Applications for People with a Terminal Condition
Warwickshire has a fast-track process when dealing with an application where the individual has been issued with a DS1500 or SR1 (due to terminal diagnosis).
This form can be issued by the individual's Macmillan representative or their Oncologist. A completed application will be required together with a proof of address, proof of identity, a colour passport style photo, £10 administration fee, and a copy of the DS1500 or SR1 form.
The application will be fast-tracked and processed on the day that the completed application form, supporting documentation, and payment is received.
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
Non-Visible (Hidden) Conditions
Due to the nature of non-visible (hidden) conditions we will need to assess your application.
Having a certain medical condition doesn’t automatically qualify you for a badge.
You will have to prove that:
- you would be at risk of serious harm when walking; or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person
- you have been certified by an expert assessor as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes you, during the course of a journey, to experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress
As well as completing the application you will need to get the following form completed by a professional who provides you with on going care or supports you.
There are a wide range of professionals other than the GP that are able to complete the form for you. The best person is someone you see regularly and knows you. Some examples are a teacher, SENCO, Support Worker, Key Worker in support group, personal assistant, mental health nurse.
Please find a link to the form here Blue Badge Proforma (PDF, 142KB)
This needs to be uploaded as evidence at the time you apply online or sent in alongside your application form.
Please call us on 01926 410410 if you need advice on the best person to ask
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.