Qualifying for a Blue Badge

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

From 30 August 2019, the government will be introducing new criteria for Blue Badge applications in England.

Due to the nature of non-visible (hidden) conditions, applications will be assessed by looking at an applicant's needs. Having a certain condition or disability does not automatically entitle somebody to a Blue Badge.

To prepare for the new criteria, Department for Transport (DfT) conducted extensive research with an independent consultancy. This research included insights from a range of healthcare professionals that care for people with relevant conditions and disabilities as well as local authorities that issue the badges.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

An applicant would be automatically eligible under the new criteria 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 and their application will be assessed by their local authority.

Other benefits

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

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)

Instead, if the applicant receives one of these benefits, they can still apply and their application will be assessed by their local authority.

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 themself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
  • severely struggles to plan or follow a journey
  • finds it difficult or impossible to control their actions and lacks awareness of the impact they could have on others
  • regularly has intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
  • frequently becomes extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces

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

Page last updated: 29/08/2019