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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:

Photo

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

Proof of entitlement

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 three years from the date of issue, whichever is first.

Please provide copies of documents, as original documents cannot be returned.

  • Severe sight impairment - a copy of your ophthalmologist's 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 and 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 and 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.

Proof of entitlement for non-visible (hidden) disabilities

For applicants applying under the discretionary criteria for non-visible (hidden) disabilities, you will also be asked to provide proof of your entitlement. The documents that are suitable are listed below, this is not an exhaustive list and you may wish to provide additional supporting documents.

Please provide copies of documents, as original documents cannot be returned.

  • Professional form (BBNV2) can be completed by a social, educational or healthcare professional involved with your care. If you have not received this as part of your application, please email [email protected].
  • Letter of diagnosis
  • Confirmation of ongoing treatment, clinic attendance or referrals
  • Evidence of prescribed medication relevant to the condition
  • Evidence of specialist consultations or referrals
  • Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
  • Experience and coping strategies
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision letters
  • Social housing reports or assessments from Local Authority
  • Care plans from local care teams
  • Patient summary or summary care records
  • Please be aware GP letters of support must not be the only source of evidence

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.

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