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Who is eligible for a Blue Badge?

The Department of Transport set out who is eligible for a Blue Badge.

Applications by individuals or on behalf of a child

Automatic criteria

You can automatically have a badge if:

  • you are registered blind under the National Assistance Act 1948 (partially sighted does not qualify) 
  • you get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment (Attendance Allowance does not qualify)
  • you get a War Pensioner's Mobility supplement
  • you get a benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme

Discretionary criteria

If you don't qualify under the automatic criteria you may be able to apply under the discretionary criteria if:

  • you have a permanent and substantial disability that means that you can't walk, or that you have considerable difficulty walking
  • you drive regularly and have a severe disability in both arms and have considerable difficulty in operating parking meters

Not covered

The scheme is only for very severely disabled people. You can't have a badge if:

  • you have a temporary disability such as a broken leg or are awaiting a hip replacement
  • you suffer from a psychological disorder, unless your condition causes very severe difficulty in walking
  • your problem is with carrying things such as shopping  
  • your condition is intermittent and does not continuously severely restrict your ability to walk

Organisational Blue Badges

You can also find out about applying for a Blue Badge for an organisation.