The Blue Badge Unit have had to change their working practices to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. This means that they recommend that where possible applicants should apply online. You can still use the hard copy application if you choose but there may be some delays with postal applications that are beyond their control. The COVID-19 restrictions have no effect on the online application process.
You should be told of the outcome of online applications within four to six weeks from the date of receipt and for postal applications within six to eight weeks from the date of receipt. However, if more information to support your application is needed it may take longer to tell you of the outcome.
Ways to apply for or renew a Blue Badge
In Northern Ireland you can apply for or renew a Blue Badge online or by post.
You can apply for a badge or renew an existing badge online at the following page:
Download an application form
If you are an individual applicant, download the following application form and guidance notes:
If you are a support organisation, download the following application form:
Request an application form
You can ask for an application form by contacting the Blue Badge Unit.
What you need to send with your application
Photograph or logo
Individual applicants must send one recent photograph which you should sign on the back. It should be a colour passport-type photograph (head and shoulders) or any suitable photograph cut down to 45mm in height and 35mm in width.
Your photograph will not be on display when the badge is used in the vehicle.
If your organisation has a logo, this can be printed on the Blue Badge, however this is optional.
If you are applying under section B of the application form, you must include a suitable certificate, letter of award or statement of entitlement.
If you are applying under section C of the application form, you must give supporting medical evidence.
A Blue Badge costs £10.00. Support organisations will be charged £10.00 for each vehicle they register. Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to the Department for Infrastructure.
Do not send cash through the post.
If you are applying online, you must pay by credit or debit card.
If applying by post, filled-in application forms should be sent to the Blue Badge Unit. Unfinished forms will be returned. If more information to support your application is needed, you will be told.
Finding out if your application is successful
You should be told the outcome of your application within six to eight weeks of the Blue Badge Unit receiving it. If more information to support your application is needed, it may take longer.
If your application is successful you will be issued with a blue badge pack containing:
- a letter of issue
- your badge
- a time clock
- guidance notes outlining your rights and responsibilities for using the badge
If your application is unsuccessful:
- you will be told in writing of the reason you are not eligible
- your fee will be refunded
- you can ask to have you application reassessed if you don’t think all the information you gave was taken into account
- you can reapply if your mobility problems become more serious or you become automatically entitled - see Section B of the application form