Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

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. Applications open on the 30 August 2019, you cannot apply under the new criteria until then.

In the meantime, the current eligibility criteria still apply. 

If you would like to apply for, or renew, a Blue Badge, you can do this on the GOV.UK website.  It must be completed in full even if you have held a Blue Badge before. You will need (where relevant):

  • National Insurance (NI) number 
  • driving licence number 
  • expiry date of Higher Rate Mobility Allowance or War Pension
  • details of your doctor and any specialists you see 
  • details of any medication and the dosage

Apply or renew 

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


What happens next

If you are automatically eligible, please allow 2 weeks for your badge to be posted.

If it requires you to have an independent mobility assessment, there is a 6 week wait as we are experiencing a high demand.


Postal or paper applications

You can also download an application form to: 

When applying for a Blue Badge by post, it can take 6 weeks from receipt of all documents, including payment.

Use our contact blue badge form to find answers.


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