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Eligibility for people with hidden disabilities

The Department for Transport will be extending the Blue Badge scheme to those with hidden disabilities such as autism. We are now waiting for this to be passed through secondary legislation,  more detailed information and guidance is likely to be early in 2019.

In the meantime, the current eligibility criteria still apply. We will update this page as soon as further information is available.

Complete the Blue Badge application on the GOV.UK website. It needs to be completed in full even if you have held a Blue Badge before, or are applying for the first time. You will need (where relevant):

  • National Insurance Number 
  • Driving license number 
  • The expiry date of Higher Rate Mobility Allowance or War Pension
  • Details of your doctor and any specialists you see 
  • Details of any medication you take including the dosage


Make a note of the tracking reference number. You can pay and upload a photo online (passport photo rules apply).


What happens next

If you are automatically eligible then please allow 2 weeks for your badge to be processed and posted. If your application requires you to have an independent mobility assessment, there is a 6 week wait as we are experiencing a high demand.

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Postal or paper applications

You may also apply for a Blue Badge by paper and post your application. This method may take 6 weeks from receipt of all documents, including payment.

You can also apply for a replacement Blue Badge by paper and post your application.


Further questions?

Use our interactive contact blue badge form to find answers to your questions.

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