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Community Care and Criminal Justice : Blue Badge


The Blue Badge Scheme operates throughout the UK and is for disabled people, enabling badge holders to park close to where they need to go.

The scheme is administered by local authorities who deal with applications and issue badges. It is designed to help disabled people to travel independently, as either a driver or as a passenger, by allowing them to park close to their destination.

Registered blind people and people with very severe upper limb disabilities who drive a vehicle but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand are also covered by the scheme

The scheme gives concessions to badge holders when they park on-street. Badge holders may also benefit from special parking bays and other concessions when they park in off-street parking areas but this is not part of the Blue Badge scheme.As part of the Blue Badge Reform Programme, a new Blue Badge design was launched on 1 January 2012 in Scotland and England and on 1 April 2012 in Wales. For more information on the Blue Badge Scheme, visit the Blue Badge Scotland website.

Applying For A Badge:

Refer to the Eligibility Checker to see if you qualify for an Automatic Award or require Further Assessment. Complete the relevant Blue Badge Application form and take it along to your local area office. There is a separate application form for o rganisations.

Lewis And Harris Forms

Uist And Barra Forms


MS Word Version of Blue Badge Application Form Blue Badge - Organisations Application Form (PDF, 231Kb))

Eligibility Checker

Blue Badge Application Form Eligibility Checker (PDF, 35Kb))

Blue badge applications also require a photograph, the photograph must be in accordance with passport standards, further information can be found on the website.

Applicants can also apply for a badge on-line via and track the progress of their application.

Further information on the New National Blue Badge system is available in the FAQ's section on this website.


There is a £20 fee for successful Blue Badge applications and £5.52 charge for the replacement of a lost badge. The fee will be payable on collection of the badge.

Eligibility Criteria

People are eligible ‘without further assessment’ if they are over the age of two and:

  • receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA);
  • meet a ‘Moving Around’ descriptor for the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (8 points or more); or
  • meet the 'Planning and Following Journeys' descriptor for the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (12 points)
  • are registered blind;
  • receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement; or
  • receive 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.

People are eligible ‘subject to further assessment’ if they:

  • are over the age of two and are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk because of a permanent and substantial disability;
  • are over the age of two and have a temporary and substantial disability that means they are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk;
  • regularly drive a car, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, a parking meter; or
  • are under the age of three and have a condition that requires that they be always accompanied by bulky medical equipment or that they be kept near a motor vehicle in case of need for emergency medical treatment.

Further Information

If you require any further information contact the Blue Badge team by email

Transport Scotland Disabled Motoring UK Direct Scotland