Blue Badge scheme

What is the Blue Badge Scheme?

The Blue Badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems which make them unable or virtually unable to walk or those who are registered blind.

Blue Badges can be considered for people with a diagnosed mental or cognitive disorder, which means they have little or no awareness of danger from traffic.

You cannot apply online under Risk in Traffic (mental disorder/cognitive impairment) criteria. This is because you need to send in supporting information which is required in writing. You can pdf icon download an application [499kb] or request one by email or phone. Please contact our Blue Badge team for further information.

Blue Badges can be issued to adults, children or to organisations which provide care. They can be used by badge holders who are drivers or travelling as passengers in any vehicle. It is illegal for other people such as friends or relatives to use the badge when the badge holder is not travelling with them.

The quickest and easiest way to check if you qualify is to use the government's eligibility checker. There are two pages of options. If the options on page 1 do not match your circumstances then click 'Next' at the bottom of the page. If there is no exact match on either page, pick the option closest to your individual circumstances.

Please note: we suggest that you have all the information and evidence we require before you apply using our online service. However we realise this may not always be the case. Therefore if you need to supply any supporting documentation which you do not have at the time of the application, you may do so by email, post or present to one of our First Stop Shops.

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