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Renew your Blue Badge

Leicestershire Blue Badge holders must re-apply for a new badge before their current one expires. This can now be done online.

Coronavirus update

On 3 April 2020 the Department for Transport announced that local authority parking teams should not issue Penalty Charge Notices for Blue Badges with an expiry date of 1 January 2020 onwards. This should continue initially until 30 September 2020, and only applies to local authority parking not private car parks such as hospitals, shopping centres and supermarkets.

Please note: due to implications of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) there may be delays to the processing of Blue Badge enquiries and applications. We are still accepting new and renewal applications for Blue Badges - please use the online forms where possible and allow extra time for your application, review or appeal to be processed. We thank you for your patience at this time.

This process is for residents in Leicestershire county. City of Leicester residents must apply to Leicester City Council.

 

You will need to complete the main Blue Badge application if:

  • Your current Blue Badge was issued by a different local authority than Leicestershire County Council;
  • The badge holder is under 16 years old;
  • You are not able to upload electronic copies of your photo or other required documents (see below);
  • Your benefit type has changed since your current Blue Badge was issued. For example, if you were receiving DLA, but you are now receiving PIP

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

We aim to process applications within 28 days. If it is decided that you should attend an independent assessment, the processing is likely to be longer.

We'll send a reminder letter approximately 6 weeks before the current badge expires. It’s your responsibility to re-apply in good time, but don't apply earlier than 10 weeks before your current badge expires.

Applying online

The online application process requires the badge holder (over 16s only) to be logged in with a Leicestershire County Council ‘Self’ account. Family members or carers can help or complete the form on the badge holder's behalf (this can be declared in the form), but it must be the badge holder who is logged in to the Self account.

  • This allows us to process your application quicker, and allows you to track progress
  • If you don't yet have one, sign up for a Self account first before starting this 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.
  • If you (the badge holder) already have a Self account, please ensure it has your current address. To update the address, log in and click "Welcome to Self!" then select "My profile".

What you will need

A recent photo

Legislation requires that Blue Badge applicants upload a recent photo (a .jpg .jpeg or .jpe file) - taken within the last 4 weeks - to the online application form. This will be printed on the back of the new badge.

Please ensure your photo is 'passport style' meeting the following criteria:

  • Has a plain, light background
  • Includes the shoulders
  • Shows the face clearly
  • Is in colour
  • Is the right way up

Proof of address

If you have changed your address or if our online form can't validate you at your address, you'll need to upload a proof of address (dated within the last 12 months) and proof of identity document with your application.

  1. Upload a scan or photo of ONE of the following as proof of identity:
    • valid driving licence
    • passport
    • birth/adoption certificate
    • marriage/divorce certificate
    • civil partnership/dissolution certificate
    • certificate of British nationality
    • HM Forces ID card
    • identity card for foreign nationals
  1. Upload a scan or photo of ONE of the following dated within the last 12 months showing your address:
    • valid driving licence
    • the front of a Council Tax bill
    • a housing benefit (or other type of benefit) award letter
    • a pensions letter from the Pensions Service
    • a letter from Social Services or another local authority service confirming residence
    • the front of a utility bill (gas, electric, water, telephone)

Proof of benefit

You may be required to upload all or part of your benefit document.

Payment details

A new badge costs £10. The process will ask for payment at the end so please have payment card details ready.

When you're ready, click the button below, then click ‘Login’, or 'Sign up' if you don't already have a Self account.

Renew online  Log in to your Self account

Applying by post

If you are unable to apply online to renew your Blue Badge, you can download and print out the paper application form below.

The revised forms from 30 August 2019 are:

Blue Badge application form for individuals   Opens 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

Alternatively, to request a paper copy of the renewal form and guidance information please contact our Customer Service Centre.

Do not send the fee with your application - if your application is successful we will contact you to collect the fee. Send your completed and signed application to:

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

Blue Badge cancellations and changes

The council may cancel your application if you don’t respond within 2 months to a request we make about your application, such as 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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