Who can get a Blue Badge

You can get a Blue Badge if you have a permanent and substantial walking disability, where you are either unable to walk, or have very considerable difficulty in walking

Automatic qualification

If any of the following apply you will receive a badge without further assessment: 

  • receives the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
  • registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • receives a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • has been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
  • receives a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award that indicates you cannot walk further than 50 metres
Subject to assessment

A badge may be issued after further assessment if the person:

  • drives a vehicle regularly, has a severe disability in both arms and is unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter or
  • has a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
Children under 3

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible for a badge if they:

  • require bulky medical equipment which is difficult to carry
  • need to be near a vehicle at all times so that they can receive emergency treatment in the vehicle
  • need to be near a vehicle at all times so they can be driven somewhere for emergency treatment
Severe cognitive or behavioural impairment (but no walking difficulty)

A badge can be issued where it is clear that, in spite of the care support given when out and about, the applicant’s condition causes extreme behaviour which is extremely difficult to control and is therefore a danger to the applicant and/or to those around them.  If the person does not have any awareness of traffic, but is compliant; and therefore easier to control, then they will not qualify.

Terminal illness with a poor prognosis

The Blue Badge is only issued to people who have very considerable difficulty walking, but Hampshire County Council have included a concession to assist people who have a terminal illness with a poor prognosis (unlikely to be longer than 6 months).

If the applicant has a terminal illness with a poor prognosis then please use the first descriptive text box on the online application form (or Part 5 of the paper application form) to carefully and accurately explain the illness and the prognosis, and provide a signed DS1500 form to confirm it. (DS1500 form is essential). For these exceptions we will only require payment for the badge.

You don’t qualify if
  • the applicant has a psychological disorder, learning, cognitive or behavioural difficulty and doesn’t have a problem walking and where support significantly reduces any safety risk when out and about
  • you have a disabling condition that is only temporary, such as a broken leg