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
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.
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.
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.