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A warning about unauthorised charging for applications

We have received information that people are being asked to pay £49 to apply for a blue badge by unauthorised online services.

We would like to assure applicants that the application process is free. The fee of £10 will be taken after the application is made and we do not take online payments.


Disabled people - parking permits - blue badge

The blue badge scheme helps disabled people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services by allowing them to park close to their destination.

Badge holders are given parking concessions allowing them to park without charge or time limit in otherwise restricted on-street parking locations. This includes parking on yellow lines for up to three hours, unless a loading ban is in place.

The blue badge is for your use only and 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.


The scheme is open to eligible disabled people whether travelling as a driver or as a passenger. There are two types of eligibility criteria and you can view them here.

Applying for or renewing a blue badge

We've provided information for first time applicants and existing blue badge holders who wish to renew. You should read this information before proceeding.

The easiest and quickest way to apply for a blue badge is by using our online service which is available 24 hours a day. You can start your application or renewal by clicking the button below.

To apply online, you will need:

  • Your national insurance number or child reference number;
  • Your driving licence number (if you have one);
  • A recent digital photograph of yourself stored on your computer; and
  • The badge number, expiry date and issuing authority of your current badge (if you have one).

You can also get help with your online application or apply in person at one of our libraries.

Other online blue badge services

Other blue badge services that you can access online 24 hours a day include:

Where to forward your fee or documents

Where required, the address to forward your fee, supporting documents and expired or deceased badges is:

Service Delivery Team
County Hall

This page was last updated on 30 September 2015