Qualifying for a Blue Badge

Applying for a Blue Badge with a non-visible (hidden) condition

All applications will be assessed by looking at an applicant's needs.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

A person would be automatically eligible if, in their PIP mobility assessment, they scored 10 points in “Planning and following a journey”.

Specifically, the 10 points which says:

• cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant

If the applicant did not score this, they can still apply. Their application will be looked at by their local council.

Other benefits

There is no automatic eligibility under the new criteria with other benefits, including:

• Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

• Attendance Allowance (AA)

If anyone applying receives one of these benefits, they can still apply. Their application will be looked at by their local council.

Applying under the new criteria

• consider applying for a Blue Badge if the applicant has a non-visible (hidden) condition, causing them to severely struggle with journeys between a vehicle and their destination, and either:  Is constantly a significant risk to themselves or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks

If one or more of these are relevant to the applicant, apply using the online service.

Page last updated: 18/12/2019