Blue Badge eligibility criteria

The Blue Badge scheme provides an important service for people with severe mobility problems. It allows badge holders to park close to where they need to go.

About the Blue Badge scheme

The Blue Badge scheme provides on-street parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems. Benefits include free on-street parking in ‘pay and display’ bays.

The scheme operates throughout the UK, however information on this website applies to Northern Ireland residents only.

Find out about the Blue Badge scheme in England, Wales and Scotland.

Find out if you are eligible for a Blue Badge

You can get a Blue Badge if you:

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility part of Disability Living Allowance
  • receive a War Pension Mobility Supplement
  • receive a benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme within tariff levels one to eight (inclusive) and have been certified by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) as having a permanent and substantial impairment which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking
  • are registered blind
  • receive eight points or more under the 'moving around' activity for the mobility part of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty operating, all or some types of parking meter
  • have a permanent and substantial disability which means you cannot walk or have very considerable difficulty walking - in this case your doctor may be asked to confirm your eligibility

Children under the age of three

If you have children under the age of three, who have a disability due to a medical condition and need to travel with bulky equipment or be close to a vehicle for emergency medical treatment, they may be eligible for a badge.

Support organisations

Organisations which care for people with disabilities who meet one of the criteria above may be eligible to apply for a ‘Support Organisation’ badge.

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