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Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

You can apply for or renew a Blue Badge online free of charge via the GOV.UK website

 

Please be aware of websites operated by private companies or individuals offering assistance in applying for a Blue Badge. These sites may charge a substantial fee for their services. You can apply online free of charge and upload supporting documents via the GOV.UK website.

 

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced in 2018 that it intends to change the Blue Badge criteria so that some people with hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions, will be able to apply for a Blue Badge.

The DfT have indicated that details of the new criteria may be released sometime early summer 2019 with them coming into effect some time later.

We will publish full details of the new criteria once these have been finalised by the DfT.

If you believe you may be eligible under the new scheme please do not apply yet.

Any applications made before the new criteria are introduced will be assessed against the current criteria. We are not able to hold or defer applications. Read more information on the changes

Apply for a Blue Badge online

 

The Department for Transport have introduced a new system to apply for badges online. During the switch to this new system there may be some delays to processing your badge - it may take up to 6 weeks to process a badge.

  • A Blue Badge costs £10

Please note that the change in the online application process does not change the current eligibility criteria. The criteria to include some hidden disabilities are expected to be changed later this year.

Before you apply online, please ensure you have the following information:

  • Visa or Debit card to pay for your blue badge. Your badge application will need to be assessed and if you are not eligible, your payment will be refunded
  • proof of address (valid within last 12 months)
  • proof of identity - such as your birth/adoption certificate, marriage/divorce certificate, civil partnership/dissolution certificate, valid driving licence, certificate of British nationality
  • a passport style photo 
  • your National Insurance Number (if you know it) 

Alternatively if you are unable to upload your documents, we will contact you to ask you to send them to us.

 

As part of the new online application process you will now be required to create a Leicestershire County Council user account, if you don’t already have one.

  • This allows us to process applications quicker, and allows you to track progress
  • We don't need any personal information beyond what is asked in the application

Click 'Apply online' below then click 'Sign up now', or log in if you already have a user account.

Apply online

Applying for a Blue Badge by post

We recommend applying either online or by phone. If you are unable to apply online or by phone you can complete a paper application by downloading the form below and returning it to the address below.

We aim to process postal applications within 20 working days.

Customer Service Centre
County Hall
Glenfield
Leicestershire
LE3 8ST

Blue Badge application form for individuals   Opens new window

Blue Badge application form for organisations   Opens new window

Please do not send the fee with your application. If your application is successful we will contact you to collect the fee.

Paying for your badge

If you apply by post and your badge is approved, we will contact you to arrange payment. You can also pay for your badge using our online form once it is approved.

You will need your reference number, which will be sent to you when we request payment.

Renewing your Blue Badge

There is no automatic renewal of a badge, all badge holders must re-apply for their badge before the old badge expires.

  • When re-applying please ensure you apply at least 6 weeks before your renewal is due
  • Supplying all documents at the time of application will enable the application to be assessed as quickly as possible
 

Do not use the badge if it has expired as you may be fined.

Renew online

We will send you a reminder letter approximately 6 weeks before your badge is due to expire. It’s the responsibility of the badge holder to re-apply in good time before their current badge expires.

We aim to process your application in 3 weeks. If we decide you should attend an independent mobility assessment, the processing time is likely to be longer.

Renew online

Cancellations

The council may cancel your application if you don’t respond within 1 month to a request we make in connection with your application, e.g. to supply further information, attend a mobility assessment, or pay the fee.

If your address or name changes you must let us know

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