Blue Badge

Blue Badge

A Blue Badge for parking.

What is the Blue Badge scheme?

The Blue Badge scheme lets you park closer to where you want to go if you have a disability.

A car with 2 people in it.

You can use a Blue Badge if you are a driver or a passenger.

Someone getting out of a car near a building.

If you can park closer to where you want to go, it makes it easier for you to:

  • get to work
  • go shopping
  • use services like the doctors or the dentist.
A lady in a wheelchair holding up a Blue Badge and smiling.

A Blue Badge helps you to be more independent.

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How do I get a Blue Badge?

You can apply for a Blue Badge online or by contacting your local authority . 

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When you apply for a Blue Badge, you will need to know: 

  • your name, address and telephone number 
  • your email address if you have one 
  • your National Insurance number if you have one. 
    You can find your National Insurance number on any letters you have had about your tax, pensions or benefits. 
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You will need: 

  • ID (for example your birth certificate or passport) 
  • proof of address (for example a Council Tax bill or a letter about your benefits) 
  • a passport size photo of your head and shoulders.
A ten pound note.

In England, a Blue Badge costs up to 10 pounds. 

Calendars for 2023, 2024 and 2025.

It usually lasts up to 3 years.

A book of rules.

Using your Blue Badge

Each local authority has different rules about where you can park with your Blue Badge.

A man holding a Blue Badge.  Behind him is a person getting out of a car, a disabled parking space sign and some money with a red line through it.

If you have a Blue Badge, you might be able to park for free: 

  • on single or double yellow lines 
  • anywhere with a blue wheelchair symbol 
  • anywhere with an ‘on street’ parking meter or pay and display machine. 
Someone opening a car door.

You might be able to park in other places, but you will need to check the signs in the place where you want to park.

A red cross beside a car which is parked by a keep clear sign.

You can not park: 

  • in loading or unloading areas, unless you are only stopping to let the person with the Blue Badge out, or to pick them up 
  • where you are blocking the way for other people or cars 
  • if it means that other people can not safely see the road because you are in the way.
A Blue /badge on a car dashboard.

When you park, you must put your Blue Badge on the dashboard.

A man standing beside a Blue Badge with his thumb up.

Make sure that anyone checking the parking can see the front of your Blue Badge. 

A lady looking at her watch.

You might also need to put your Blue Badge clock on the dashboard if there is a time limit for how long you can park. 

A lady looking at something.

Check the parking signs to find out if you need to put your Blue Badge clock on the dashboard. 

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You might get a parking fine if you do not follow the rules about using your Blue Badge and your Blue Badge clock. 

A cross beside a picture of a lady offering her Blue Badge.

You should not give your Blue Badge to anyone else. 

A laptop screen showing an information sign and a Blue Badge.

For more information about the Blue Badge scheme, go to your local authority’s website and search for Blue Badge. 

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If you need help with this information, contact the Learning Disability Helpline: