You must include certain documents with your online application, otherwise we won’t process it.
If your photos or scanned copies of documents do not meet the standards required, your application process will be delayed.
You will be required to supply in support of your Blue Badge application:
Photos need to be similar to passport pictures but don't need to be taken in a photo booth or by a professional. They can be taken with a digital camera or smartphone.
Your photo must be:
- taken within the last 6 months - it must not be the same as the one on your previous Blue Badge
- of you on your own
- a close-up of your head and shoulders
- in colour - we don't accept black and white
- sharp and in focus with a clear difference between your face and the background
- taken against a plain, light background
- of you looking straight at the camera
- non-tinted glasses can be worn
- showing your full head, unless you cover your head for religious or medical reasons
Proof of address
The proof must be in the applicant’s name. You must submit one of the following, dated within the last 12 months:
- council tax bill
- bank/building society statement
- gas/electricity/water/telephone bill
- benefit letter (with address shown)
- payslip (with address shown)
- pension/HMRC/Tax Credit letter.
Proof of identity
You must submit a copy of one of the following:
- valid passport (the photograph page)
- valid photocard driving license (the front of the photocard showing your name, address, photograph and signature) - you can’t use your driving license as both proof of identity and proof of address
- birth/adoption certificate
Uploading supporting documents after applying online
If you’ve already applied for a Blue Badge online and wish to provide additional supporting documents, please email them to [email protected]. You’ll need to include your application reference number, which can be found on the confirmation email you received when you submitted your application.
For applicants who automatically qualify, you will also be asked to provide proof of your entitlement to your qualifying benefit. The documents that are suitable for each criteria are listed below.
Your Blue Badge will expire at the end of your current entitlement shown on the letter you provide as evidence, or for 3 years from the date of issue, whichever is first.
Please provide copies, original documents cannot be returned.
Severe sight impairment
- a copy of your ophthalmologists report/CVI/BD8 form.
Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
- a copy of your entitlement letter for the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance issued within the last 12 months or an original copy of your yearly update letter.
War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
- a copy of your entitlement letter for the War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement.
Receive an award under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme
- a copy of your award letter confirming receipt of tariffs 1-8 under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme, which also certifies that you have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking.
Meet the 'moving around' descriptor for the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- a copy of your Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision letter issued within the last 12 months, showing you have been awarded 8 or more points on the ‘moving around descriptor’ only. This must include the front page, the expiry date of your award and the page showing your score for the ‘moving around’ section. If your letter was not issued within the last 12 months, you must also include a copy of your annual uprating letter showing your current name and address.
Meet the ‘planning & following a journey’ descriptor for the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- a copy of your Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision letter issued within the last 12 months, showing you have been awarded descriptor E which states ‘you cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress’. This must include the front page, the expiry date of your award and the page showing your score for the ‘planning & following a journey’ section. If your letter was not issued within the last 12 months, you must also include a copy of your annual uprating letter showing your current name and address.