How to apply or reapply for a Blue Badge
You can apply for a Blue Badge for yourself or on behalf of someone else
The quickest and easiest way to apply is on-line. If you don't have access to the internet, it is available at your local library, or alternatively you can ask a family member, friend, support group or carer to assist you or apply on your behalf.
- Before you apply
Before applying make sure you have the following:
- personal information including national insurance number
- evidence of qualification for a Blue Badge as detailed in the eligibility criteria
- a photocopy of one of the following: passport, driving licence, birth certificate, marriage/divorce certificate, civil partnership/dissolution certificate
- a photocopy of a bill dated in the last 12 months with your name and address showing
- a colour passport style photograph taken in the last 12 months
This can be paid in one of the following ways:
Please be aware of the Blue Badge scam websites where you may be charged £49 for an application which won’t guarantee that a Blue Badge will be issued to you. These websites are not associated with the Blue Badge Service and the application form supplied by these websites is not accepted by local authorities.
- if your application is successful, we can send you an email link to pay online
- we can take a telephone payment
- £10 cheque or postal order with your paper application – made payable to Hampshire County Council
- Apply or reapply online
You can apply online on GOV.UK and your application will be sent to us.
We can only start processing your application if it is complete. By this we mean you have provided all of the required documents including proof of ID, proof of address, a recent photo and supporting evidence or proof of automatic eligibility.
Applications will be unsuccessful if the information/evidence provided does not satisfactorily evidence how your condition impacts your ability to walk. This includes evidence of considerable psychological distress or risk of serious harm.
Condition/Disability Description (Helpful medical evidence includes letter of diagnoses, consultation report and/or treatment plans). Please attach any medical report or hospital letters you already possess that would support your application. Unless you already have one in your possession, letters from your GP to support your application are not required as they usually incur costs and may not give us the type of information we require. Registering online with your GP surgery will enable you to access your Patient Summary which should support your application.
Information on your health and care records and how to access them.
If you are unable to apply online download an application form.
If you are unable to print an application form for yourself you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and one will be sent to you in the post.
Return your completed application form to the Blue Badge Unit, PO Box 696, Fareham, PO14 9PD. If you wish to pay by cheque or Postal Order, please make it payable to Hampshire County Council for £10.
- How long it takes
If successful, you should receive your badge within a maximum of 8 weeks from when we receive your completed application form. It may take longer if you do not provide everything we have asked for or if you were unsuccessful and have asked us for a review of our original decision.
The badge is valid from the start date appearing on the badge.
- If your application is unsuccessful
If you disagree with our decision you can request a review within 28 days of receiving notification.
Please provide us with additional evidence to give clear indication that you do 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 very considerable psychological distress.
If you believe the review outcome is incorrect then we will offer you an Independent Mobility Assessment (IMA), which will be carried out by a Hampshire County Council Occupational Therapist.
Contact the Blue Badge Team by email email@example.com
- Reapplying for a Blue Badge
Blue Badges are not automatically renewed; you need to re-apply every three years or before the expiry date on the current badge.
For Existing Badge Holders – If you are re-applying please take a note of your Blue Badge expiry date and allow nine weeks prior to that date for your Blue Badge application to be processed.
Please do not apply earlier than 12 weeks in advance of your current Blue Badge expiry date. This is because the information and evidence you supply needs to be as current and up to date as possible. Applications received earlier than 12 weeks will not be accepted.
- 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.