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Who can get a Blue Badge

You must be a Leicestershire resident and meet certain criteria to qualify for a Blue Badge


Badges are only issued where a condition/disability is permanent. Temporary conditions - eg a broken leg - do not qualify for a badge. Also, conditions where the effect of a disability is intermittent in nature are not usually eligible for a Blue Badge.

You can apply for a Blue Badge from us if you're a Leicestershire resident.


The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that there will be changes to the Blue Badge criteria so that some people with hidden disabilities, including some people with autism, dementia and mental health conditions, will be able to apply for a Blue Badge.

The new criteria is in addition to the current criteria. If you already meet (and will continue to meet) the current criteria, you will continue to be eligible after 30 August 2019.

If you believe you may be eligible under the new criteria, please do not apply yet as the current application forms do not cover the new categories of disabilities. Applications can't be made until 30 August 2019.

Any applications made prior to 30 August 2019 will be assessed against the current criteria. We are not able to hold or defer applications. 

Check if you, or the person you are applying for, is eligible

To automatically qualify a person must be over 2 years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • receives the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • receives a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for being unable to walk more than 50 metres
  • are registered as blind (severely sight impaired)
  • receives a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
  • have received an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) award, tariffs 1 - 8 and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking

You may also qualify if:

  • you have a child under 3 years old who has a medical condition and need to transport bulky medical equipment, or you must always be near a vehicle in case your child needs emergency medical treatment
  • you drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and can't work or have considerable difficulty working parking meters
  • you have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or you have very considerable difficulty in walking

We may ask you to attend an independent mobility assessment if we can't decide whether you are eligible. It's free and carried out by a qualified professional.

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