The European Blue Badge

Important Notice about the Blue Badge Scheme.

The Blue Badge scheme has been extended to include people with ‘hidden disabilities’, so those with less visible disabilities will benefit from the biggest change in the Blue Badge scheme in 50 years.

The extended criteria came into force on 30 August 2019. For further information see the GOV.UK website (external link).

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What is a Blue Badge?

A Blue Badge is a permit that helps people with enduring and substantial mobility problems and/or non-visible (hidden) disabilities to access goods and services, by allowing them to park close to their destination. The Blue Badge scheme is open to eligible disabled people irrespective of whether they are travelling as a driver or as a passenger.

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Before applying

To see if you are eligible please read the criteria guidance below to decide which of these applies to you and what you will need to provide - please also take note of what is required as proof of address and identity.

Eligible without further assessment - criteria

Please note that the entitlement letter needs to be dated within the last 12 months. If you do not have a copy of a valid award letter you must contact the DWP.

Table: Eligible without further assessment

CriteriaEvidence required

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

  • DLA - a full copy of current entitlement letter showing receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance.
  • PIP - a full copy of the entitlement letter showing you receive Personal Independence Payment because you can’t walk more than 50 metres (or a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component)
  • PIP - a full copy of the entitlement letter showing you receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress
  • PIP - a full copy of the entitlement letter showing you score 10 points in the ‘planning and following journeys’ part of your mobility assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - specifically, the 10 points which says, “Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant”
War pensioner's mobility supplement
  • current copy of entitlement letter showing that you receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement, or
  • you have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
Registered blind
  • copy of Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) showing severely sight impaired/blind (formally known as BD8 certificate)

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Eligible subject to further assessment and Non-visible (hidden) Disabilities

If you do not meet the the eligible without further assessment criteria you may still apply for a badge if one or more of the following applies. However you will need to provide supporting evidence from an associated certified expert assessor.

We may conduct a joint assessment and refer you for a physical mobility assessment where appropriate to determine your eligibility following the initial desk based assessment of your application.

  • Please note: under the new guidance a GP cannot fulfil the role of ‘expert assessor’

Table: Eligible subject to further assessment and Non-visible (hidden) Disabilities

CriteriaEvidence

You cannot walk at all

You cannot walk without help from someone else or using mobility aids

You find walking very difficult due to pain, breathlessness or the time it takes

walking is dangerous to your health and safety.

  • Supporting evidence of the walking difficulties, the underlying medical conditions causing these problems and or the dangers to your health as a direct result of efforts to walk
  • If referred for a mobility assessment with an expert assessor because it is not possible to clearly determine your eligibility for a Blue Badge following the initial desk based assessment. please bring supporting medical evidence relating to your disability with you to your appointment
You have a terminal illness, which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult and have a DS1500 form
  • Please provide a copy of the DS1500 form
You have a severe disability in both arms and drive regularly, but cannot operate pay-and-display parking machines
  • Supporting medical evidence from a certified expert assessor to verify the disability and how the car has been adapted, and
  • Proof of vehicle registration or insurance documents which contain statements to this effect
  • In addition, if you have registered your vehicle with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) you may also provide a copy of both sided of your photocard driving licence

You have a child under the age of 3 with a medical condition that means the child must always be kept near a vehicle in case they need emergency medical treatment or always needs to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment

  • Supporting evidence from a certified expert assessor to verify and outline medical condition(s) and the need for the child to be near a vehicle at all times so they can be treated in the vehicle or quickly driven to receive emergency treatment, or the need to always travel with bulky medical equipment
You are constantly at significant risk to yourselves or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
  • Supporting evidence from a certified expert assessor to verify the disability and how conditions causes these problems
  • SEN reports (now ECHP reports) clearly stating the condition and effects they cause
You struggle severely to plan or follow a journey
  • Supporting evidence from a certified expert assessor to verify the disability and how these condition effect you
You find it difficult or impossible to control your actions and lack awareness of the impact you could have on others
  • Supporting evidence from a certified expert assessor to verify the disability and how conditions causes these problems
You regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
  • Supporting evidence from a certified expert assessor to verify the disability and how conditions causes these problems
You frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces
  • Supporting evidence from a certified expert assessor to verify the disability and how conditions causes these problems

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Proof of address and identity

This can be photocopy of one of the following from each list:

Proof of address:

  • A current Council Tax bill or reference number so that this may be checked against the council record
  • A signed assured shorthold tenancy letter or a signed Housing Association or Council Tenancy Agreement
  • A recently signed and dated letter from HM Revenues or Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • A driving License photo identity card showing current address

Proof of identity:

  • A driving license photo identity card showing current address
  • The information page of your current passport
  • Birth or adoption certificate
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • Divorce or dissolution certificate

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How to apply

Apply online

Note:

  • All renewals are treated the same as brand new applications
  • Badges are sent by recorded delivery

Apply by post

Download, print and complete the relevant application form:

And send to:

  • Concessionary Travel
    PO Box 55290
    N22 9GA

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What happens next

  • We will assess completed applications and let you know the outcome within 30 working days of receiving all parts of your application form
  • If we need more information about your health or disability, we may ask you to request this from a certified expert assessor
  • If your application is unsuccessful, we will write to you with the reasons for our decision and provide details about how you can appeal
  • We will consider appeals against unsuccessful applications within 20 working days

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Replace your Blue Badge

Replace a lost blue badge

You will need to report the incident (external link) first.

  • After reporting the incident send us the reference number for your lost Blue Badge incident report
  • In addition, send a passport sized photograph of the badge holder to - Concessionary Travel, PO Box 55290, N22 9GA
  • Please also enclose a cheque or postal order for £10 made payable to the 'London Borough of Haringey'

Replace a stolen blue badge

You will need to report the incident to the police first (external link).

  • After reporting the incident send us the crime reference number for your stolen Blue Badge incident report
  • In addition, send a passport sized photograph of the badge holder to Concessionary Travel, PO Box 55290, N22 9GA
  • Please also enclose a cheque or postal order for £10 made payable to the 'London Borough of Haringey'
  • Alternatively, for this type of incident you may also call 101 to report a minor crime

Replace a faulty blue badge

You will need to return the Blue Badge and clock to Concessionary Travel, PO Box 55290, N22 9GA - with a cover letter, passport photo of the badge holder and enclose a cheque or postal order for £10 made payable to the 'London Borough of Haringey'.

Upon receiving your documents you will receive your new Badge within 10 working days.

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Page last updated:

12 September 2019

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