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Frequently asked questions

  • Why has the Blue Badge scheme changed?
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  • Who automatically qualifies for a Blue Badge?
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  • What other eligibility criteria qualifies for a Blue Badge?
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  • I already have a Blue Badge. What will happen when it is time to renew it?
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  • How long will it take to process my application?
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  • Can I appeal the decision if my application for a Blue Badge is declined?
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  • Will there be changes to the Blue Badge fee?
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  • How long is a Blue Badge allocated for?
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  • Why is a GP medical report no longer used as part of the application process?
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  • Can I request a GP medical report of my own and include it in my application?
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  • Will I have to pay for the Independent Mobility Assessment?
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  • Do I need to bring anything to the Independent Mobility Assessment?
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  • Can I purchase and use my own wallet in which to display my Blue Badge?
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  • I have lost my Blue Badge. How can I get it replaced and will it cost me anything?
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  • I have changed my address recently/my badge has been damaged and needs replacing. What should I do?
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  • A relative/friend has died and I have their Blue Badge. Can I keep it?
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  • I have found a Blue Badge. What should I do with it?
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  • Can my relative/friend use my Blue Badge when I am not in the car?
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  • What will you do about people using a Blue Badge who don't appear to be disabled?
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  • I believe someone is fraudulently using a Blue Badge. How can I report them?
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More information about medical conditions, disabilities and driving can be found on the GOV.UK website.

The national campaigning charity 'Disabled Motoring UK' also provides independent advice and information to disabled people on their website.

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