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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 are a Leicestershire resident.

 

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 about the changes

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.

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

Hidden disabilities

From early 2019 some people with hidden disabilities, such as autism and mental health conditions, will be able to apply for a Blue Badge.

To ensure that all applicants can be treated fairly the DfT are now going to finalise the exact new criteria, which is why the new scheme will not be in place until 2019.

 

Until the new criteria are confirmed the eligibility rules will remain as they currently are and any applications made will only be assessed against these.

More information is available on the DfT website

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