Blue badge eligibility criteria
To be eligible for a blue badge you must satisfy/continue to satisfy one of the set national criteria. We don't have any legal power to alter or issue/reissue a badge outside these criteria.
- 1/ Be in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance (HRMCDLA), or
- 2/ Be in receipt of the required rate of the ‘moving around’ descriptor of the mobility component of personal independence payment (PIP) (8, 10 or 12 points), or
- 3/ Be registered blind (severely sight impaired), or
- 4/ Be in receipt of the war pensioner’s mobility supplement (WPMS), or
- 5/ Be in receipt of a lump sum benefit under the armed forces and reserve forces (compensation) scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive) and have been certified by the SPVA as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or have very considerable difficulty walking, or
- 6/ Diagnosed as terminally ill. This is where a person has received a prognosis of limited life expectancy and is not reasonably expected to live for more than 12 months, or
- 7/ Be a person over the age of two who has a permanent and substantial disability (ie a condition likely to last for the duration of their life) which means they can't walk or that they have very considerable difficulty walking, or
- 8/ Have a severe disability in both arms, and regularly drive an adapted or non-adapted vehicle, and be unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter, or
- 9/ Be a child under the age of three who has a condition requiring the transportation of bulky medical equipment at all times, and/or always be kept near a motor vehicle on account of a condition so that they can, if necessary, be treated for that condition in the vehicle or taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where they can be so treated, or
- 10/ Be an organisation that ‘cares for and transports’ disabled people who would meet one or more of the above eligibility criteria (1-7) for an individual blue badge, and has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual blue badges of people it is transporting.
Criteria 1 – 6 notes
An applicant applying under one of these criteria won't be required to attend an independent mobility assessment (IMA), but they must supply up-to-date documentary evidence.
Criterion 7 notes
In order for us to assess/re-assess an applicant’s eligibility against this criterion, an applicant/badge holder may be required to undertake an independent mobility assessment (IMA). It's the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all the relevant facts are presented and taken into consideration at the time of the assessment.
Eligibility doesn't apply to people with mental health problems or learning disabilities, unless their inability to walk very far stems from a physical condition. Medical conditions such as asthma, autism, dementia type conditions, psychological/behavioural problems, Crohn’s disease/incontinent conditions and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) aren't in themselves a qualification for a blue badge. People with these conditions may be eligible for a badge, but only if they meet one of the automatic criteria, or are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking, in addition to their condition.
Temporary disabilities (that last less than 12 months), such as a broken leg or recovery from surgery such as a hip replacement, where the likelihood is that mobility will improve, don't qualify for the scheme.
Criterion 8 notes
An applicant must have a severe disability in both arms, regularly drive an adapted or non-adapted vehicle, and be unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter. Documentary evidence of a current driving licence and/or evidence of an up to date motor vehicle insurance will be required.
Criterion 9 notes
Blue badges will be issued to children under three who have received a prognosis of limited life expectancy, who have been diagnosed with an unstable medical condition or whose condition requires that they must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried with the child without great difficulty.
A letter from a healthcare professional that has been involved in the child’s treatment (for example GP or paediatrician) providing details of the child’s medical condition and the type of medical equipment needed.
Criterion 10 notes
An ‘organisation’ is defined in legislation as meaning an organisation concerned with the ‘care and transportation’ of disabled persons to which a disabled person’s badge may be issued.
The DfT has stated that it's unlikely that taxi or private hire operators and community transport operators would be eligible for an organisational blue badge as they're not usually concerned with the care of disabled people who would meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for a badge.
nb - blue badges are issued for a maximum period of three years. To be reissued, the holder must continue to satisfy one of the above set national criteria.