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Apply for a Blue Badge

An application for a Blue Badge is free of charge. Successful applications require a payment of £10 to issue the Blue Badge.

Information to renew a Blue Badge has moved: Renew your Blue Badge

 

Please be aware of websites operated by private companies or individuals offering assistance with the Blue Badge application process. These sites may charge a substantial fee for their services.

 

The Department for Transport (DfT) updated the Blue Badge scheme criteria on 30 August 2019 so that some people with non-visible (hidden) disabilities, including autism, dementia and mental health conditions, will be eligible for a Blue Badge.

  • The new criteria are in addition to the current criteria. If you already meet (and will continue to meet) the previous criteria, you will continue to be eligible.
  • If you believe you may be eligible under the new scheme, please read the new criteria very carefully as not all hidden disabilities will mean eligibility for a Blue Badge.
  • Applications made before 30 August 2019 will be assessed against the previous criteria.

Before you apply for a Blue Badge

Please check Who can get a Blue Badge (eligibility criteria) before applying. Please note that some of the criteria is very specific.

You may apply online or by post

Applying online is quicker as you do not need wait for the form to get to us in the post. You can upload digital scans or photos of your supporting documents to go with your application, so you don’t need to get photocopies done.

What you will need

You can apply for a Blue Badge on behalf of someone else if they are not able to complete the form themselves.

If you're applying online – please ensure you have a digital file (a scan, document or photo) of the following information to upload during the online application process.

If you're applying by post – you will need photocopies instead (please do not send originals):

  • proof of address - dated within the last 12 months (e.g. council tax bill, benefit letters or other official documents for government departments)
  • proof of identity - such as your birth/adoption certificate, marriage/divorce certificate, civil partnership/dissolution certificate, valid driving licence, certificate of British nationality
  • a recent, colour, passport style photo – taken in the last 4 weeks
  • proof of benefit – including all pages of the letter and dated within the last 12 months (if applicable)

You may also need to provide the following, depending on your application route or your disability or condition:

  • information about any medication you are currently taking (including dose and frequency)
  • information about any treatments or surgery you have had or are due to have, that relate to your condition (including dates, if possible)
  • official diagnosis letters
  • any other relevant information or reports that are relevant to your application that demonstrate, or help to demonstrate, your eligibility. Due to the variability of the impact of various disabilities and health conditions, it is recommended that supporting information includes details of the impact of your condition on your ability to make a journey, the frequency that these impacts occur and whether they are specifically brought on by making a journey.

Applicants must have consent from any third parties (such as doctors) whose information is used to support the application, before it is submitted to us.

Apply for a Blue Badge online

Applying online is quicker as you do not need wait for the form to get to us in the post. You can upload digital scans or photos of your supporting documents to go with your application, so you don’t need to get photocopies done. 

  • The online application process requires the intended badge holder to be logged in with a Leicestershire County Council ‘Self’ account (NOT the person applying on their behalf). Carers or family members may of course still assist the badge holder with their application.
  • Please see the list of documents above which may need to be uploaded as part of the online application.
  • A payment of £10 is required to issue a Blue Badge to successful applicants. The application process itself is free.

Preparing documents for upload

  • Documents for uploading must be any type of visual electronic file, such as scanned images or documents, or photos taken on a digital camera, tablet or smartphone.
  • Scans and photos should show the full page, including your name and address where relevant so we know that the document refers to you, and text must be clearly legible and not blurred.

Applicants must have consent from any third parties (such as doctors) whose information is used to support the application, before it is submitted to us.

Documents that are not clear or are incomplete cannot be used and may delay the application process. If you are unable to upload documents, you can apply by post.

Create a 'Self' account

The online application process requires the intended badge holder (NOT the person applying on their behalf) to create a Leicestershire County Council 'Self' user account, if they don’t already have one.

  • It allows us to process applications quicker, and allows applicants to track progress
  • We don't need any personal information beyond what is asked in the application
  • Family members and carers can still assist the applicant with the online process
  • New sign-ups will receive a verification email (check spam/junk folders) – click the link in the email to verify your account. You'll then be directed to a profile form to add your name and address. Register for a Self account here
 

Click 'Apply online' below and log in, or click 'Sign up now' to create a user account.

Apply online

Applying for a Blue Badge by post

We recommend applying online. If you are unable to apply online you can complete a paper application by downloading the form below and returning it to the address shown with photocopies of your documentation.

Blue Badge Team
Customer Service Centre
County Hall
Glenfield
Leicestershire
LE3 8ST

The revised forms from 30 August 2019 are:

Blue Badge application form for individuals   Opens new windowOpens new window

Guidance notes for individuals  Opens new window

Blue Badge application form for organisations   Opens new window

Guidance notes 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.

Applying for a Blue Badge by phone

If you, or the person applying on your behalf is not able to use the online system or complete a paper application form, we may be able help you apply over the phone. Please call 0116 305 0001 to book a telephone appointment.

What happens next

  • Your application will be assessed according to the information provided on the application form and any additional documents provided.
  • You may be invited to attend a face-to-face assessment with one of our trained expert assessors.
  • You will then receive a notification of our decision and what you need to do next.
  • Please allow 28 days for processing your application. If you're invited for a face-to-face assessment, your application may take a little longer (depending on the waiting times for an appointment).

Paying for a Blue Badge

If your application has been successful we will contact you to request payment. If we have emailed you, you can pay for your Blue Badge online. Please have your application reference number ready.

Cancellations

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

If your address or name changes you must let us know

Renewing a Blue Badge

Information to renew a Blue Badge has moved: Renew your Blue Badge

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