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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.

Applying for a Blue Badge

  • A Blue Badge costs £10

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that from early 2019 some people with hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions, will be able to apply for a Blue Badge.

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 online

The Department for Transport are changing the way you can apply online.  The new online system is currently in a public testing phase, so it may mean we need to contact you for further information and may also result in a delay in processing your application as quickly as we would like. 

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

To apply online, you will need the following information:

  • proof of address (valid within last 12 months)
  • proof of identity
  • 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.

Apply online

Once you’ve started an online application you can:

Apply by phone

If you're applying by phone, our team can check your proof of address over the phone, you will not need to send your documents to us. The call usually takes around 45 minutes. You will need details of your medication and any difficulties relating to walking. Call Customer Services during office hours: 0116 305 0001.

Apply 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 15 working days.

Customer Service Centre
County Hall

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, over the phone (or through GOV.UK and have not already paid through their form), you can pay for your badge using our online form

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.


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

Renew over the phone

You can renew over the phone, call Customer Services during office hours: 0116 305 0001

The call usually takes less than 10 minutes, but may take longer depending on any changes to your circumstances. Please have your payment card details ready so that we can complete the renewal.

Renew online

You can renew online through the GOV.UK website

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.


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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