Blue Badge – Eligibility 

The blue badge Scheme

The Blue Badge will help the holder park close to a destination, as a driver or passenger. The Badge is only automatically valid on-street; it does not automatically apply to off-street car parks.

Can I get a Blue Badge?

Automatic Qualification in England if you are:

  • Registered blind
  • Receiving the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance or a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement;
  • Receiving a Personal Independence Payment for being unable to walk further than 50 metres that means a score of 8 points or more under the 'moving around' activity of the mobility component;
  • Has received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) and has been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

For automatic qualifications for Scotland, Wales and Norther Ireland please follow the links below:

Eligibility check for Scotland 

Eligibility check for Wales

Eligibility check for Northern Ireland


Other qualification criteria
  • Permanent and substantial disability which means they cannot walk, or which makes walking very difficult
  • Severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter
Children under three, the parent may apply if:
  • The child always needs to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment
  • The child needs to be near the vehicle at all times
  • They can apply under the above criteria if they transport people with such disabilities, but it is entirely at the discretion of the issuing local authority

HOW DO YOU APPLY?You can apply on line by going to:


You can ask to your local authority to review your application, but there is no set appeals procedure. You cannot appeal to the Department for Transport.