You may quality for a Blue Badge if you meet one of the criteria below.
Eligible without further assessment
People who may be issued with a Blue Badge without further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following criteria:
- are blind (severely sight impaired)
- receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- in receipt of the higher rate of mobility component of Child Disability Payment
- in receipt of the mobility component of Adult Disablement Payment and have been awarded either:
- 8 points or more in the Moving Around activity
- 12 points in the Planning and Following a Journey activity
- enhanced rate mobility under special rules for terminal illness
- receive the War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement or
- receive a qualifying award under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme)
Eligible subject to further assessment
People who may be issued with a Blue Badge after further assessment are those who are aged more than two years old and fall within one or more of the descriptions below.
Unable to walk or virtually unable to walk
Applicants may be eligible for a Blue Badge if they are over two years of age and who have a permanent and substantial disability which means they are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk, or have a temporary, but substantial disability, which means they are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months but less than three years.
Driver with severe disability in both arms
Applicants may be eligible for a Blue Badge if they regularly drive a vehicle, have severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty, in operating parking meters.
Child under three years old
Children under the age of three years may be eligible for a Blue Badge because they have a medical condition requiring the transportation of large and/or heavy medical equipment and/or must be kept near a motor vehicle on account of their condition so that they can, if necessary, be treated for that condition in the vehicle or taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where they can be treated.
As part of the application, a supporting letter from a healthcare professional is required giving details of the child's medical condition and the equipment (including information on the size and portability) or treatment necessary.
Risk in traffic
Applicants may be eligible for a Blue Badge if they have a mental or cognitive condition that means they lack awareness about the danger of traffic when making journeys.
Motor neurone disease
Individuals with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) are not required to submit a Blue Badge application form or go through a formal assessment. Individuals should contact their MND Nurse who will be able to assist.
Organisations may be eligible for an Organisational Blue Badge if they are involved in the care of disabled people and are seeking a Blue Badge for vehicle(s) which are to be used to carry disabled people who would themselves qualify for an individual Blue Badge.