The Blue Badge Unit have had to adjust their working practices to meet the requirements of dealing with the current 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 current restrictions have no effect on the online application process.
You should be informed 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 additional information to support your application is required it may take longer to inform you of the outcome.
Ways to apply for or renew a Blue Badge in Northern Ireland
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 request an application form by contacting the Blue Badge Unit.
Material 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 provide a suitable certificate, letter of award or statement of entitlement.
If you are applying under section C of the application form, you must provide 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, completed forms should be sent to the Blue Badge Unit.
Incomplete application forms will be returned. If further information to support your application is needed, you will be notified.
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 further 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 notified 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 provided was taken into account
- you can re-apply if your mobility problems become more serious or you become automatically entitled - see Section B of the application form