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Who qualifies for a Blue Badge

The Department for Transport guidelines state you automatically qualify for a blue badge if you're over 2 years old and:

  • are registered blind (not partially sighted)
  • are receiving a War Pensioner’s Mobility supplement
  • are receiving the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance

You'll also automatically qualify if you've received a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8). You must also have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

If you don't automatically qualify we'll assess you using guidelines from the Department for Transport. You may need to go for an independent mobility assessment done by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist.

Anyone over 2 years old may be eligible for a Blue Badge, if they either:

  • have a permanent and substantial disability which means they cannot walk, or makes walking very difficult
  • drive a motor vehicle regularly and have a severe disability in both arms, making it very difficult or impossible to operate parking meters

Special rules for children under 3 years old

If you’re a parent of a child who is younger than 3, you may also apply for a Blue Badge.

Your child must have a specific medical condition which means that they either:

  • must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty
  • need to be kept near a vehicle at all times to get treatment for a condition when necessary

You can check whether you are likely to be eligible on the Directgov website before making an application.

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