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Disabled people - parking permits - blue badge

The national blue badge scheme is designed to allow disabled people to park close to facilities and services they need to use.

Eligibility

To qualify for a badge you must have difficulty walking. People who are registered blind and people with severe upper limb disabilities who regularly drive but are unable to operate parking meters may also qualify. If you are a parent of a child under three who has a medical condition that means they must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment or need to be kept near a vehicle to get emergency treatment, you could also apply.

The criteria for getting a blue badge has recently changed. You should read the leaflets in the download section to check eligibility.

Applying for a blue badge

The easiest and quickest way is by using our online service. Click on the button below to start your application. To apply online, you will need your national insurance or child reference number; driving licence number, if you have one; a digital or signed photograph, and the number, expiry date and local authority given on your current badge, if you have one.

You can also track your online blue badge application and update your details online. It is also possible to report a lost or stolen blue badge online. If a blue badge holder dies, you can return the badge to the registrar when registering the death or to the customer services centre.

The blue badge is for your use only; you must never give it to friends or family to allow them to park free of charge. It should be displayed on the dashboard or facia panel, where it can be clearly read through the front windscreen. Blue badges need renewing every three years and cost £10.

Further information about the blue badge scheme is available from GOV.UK. You can also get help with your online application or apply in person at one of our libraries.

This page was last updated on 30 July 2014