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 behavioral impairment

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 is severe and is a danger to themselves and/or to those around them.

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