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; which may include considerable psychological distress, risk of serious harm when walking, or a risk of serious harm to any other person
- Automatic qualification
Please be aware that the Blue Badge expiry date will be the same as the PIP or DLA award expiry date - if it is within the three year period.
If any of the following apply, you will receive a badge without further assessment:
Note that 12 points in 'Planning Your Journey' does not qualify automatically for a Blue Badge
- You receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA), dated in the last 12 months
- You are registered severely sight impaired (blind)
- You receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
- You have been both:
- awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1 to 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
- You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award that indicates you cannot walk further than 50 metres
- You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award of 10 points with the specific accompanying statement ‘where to undertake a journey causes overwhelming psychological distress’
- Subject to assessment
A badge may be issued after further assessment if you either:
- regularly drive a vehicle, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate (or have considerable difficulty in operating) all or some types of parking meter, or
- have an enduring and substantial disability which causes you, during the course of your journey:
- to be unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty whilst walking – which may include considerable psychological distress, or
- to be at risk of serious harm when walking, or
- to pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person
- Children under the age of 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
- Terminal illness with a poor prognosis
The Blue Badge is only issued to people who have considerable difficulty walking. Hampshire County Council have included a concession to assist people who have a terminal illness with a poor prognosis and where a DS1500 has been issued by the consultant or GP. You will need to provide a copy of this or a letter from your Consultant or GP which provides the same information.
Use the first descriptive text box on the online application form (or Part 5 of the paper application form) to accurately explain the illness and the prognosis.
- You do not qualify for a blue Badge if...
- you have a disabling condition that is only temporary, such as a broken leg
- you suffer from an Irritable Bowel Disease where none of the above qualification criteria are met