Blue Badge scheme
Who can apply
The Blue Badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems which make them unable or virtually unable to walk or those who are registered blind. It allows Blue Badge holders to park close to where they need to go.
Blue Badges can be issued to adults, children or to organisations providing care. They can be used by badge holders who are drivers or passengers in any vehicle. It is illegal for other people such as friends or relatives to use the badge when the badge holder is not travelling with them.
From 1 April 2016 people with a diagnosed mental or cognitive disorder which means they have little or no awareness of danger from traffic may be considered for a Blue Badge.
You can't apply online under mental disorder/cognitive impairment criteria, because you need to send in supporting information in writing. You can request an application by email or phone.
The quickest and easiest way to check if you qualify is to use the government's eligibility checker. There are two pages of options. If the options on page 1 do not match your circumstances then click 'Next' at the bottom of the page. If there is no exact match on either page, pick the option closest to your circumstances.