Having a certain condition or disability does not mean you will be awarded a Blue Badge. Each application will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis.

Blue Badges are for drivers, passengers or children with severe mobility problems and for those who are registered blind. The scheme allows badge holders to access goods, services and facilities, which they would otherwise be unable to, by allowing them to park closer to their destination. The scheme applies only to on-street parking.

In all cases, the purpose of issuing a Badge is to enable the applicant to undertake journeys that would not otherwise be possible, or which are only possible with very considerable difficulty.

Who can apply

A person is automatically eligible for a badge if they are over two years old and meet at least one of the following criteria. Proof that they meet the criteria must be provided.

Automatic criteria

High Rate of the Mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

If you recieve the High Rate of the Mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

You will need to provide your DLA award letter dated within the last 12 months. If your letter is over 12 months old, you will need to call and ask for an up to date letter to be sent to you.

  • If you were born before 8 April 1948, the number to call is 0800 731 0122
  • If you were born after 8 April 1948, the number to call is 0800 121 4600

If your letter states Attendance Allowance, you should not apply under this criteria.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • If you receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have been awarded 8 points or more for the 'moving around' activity of the mobility component ;or
  • If you receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have been awarded 10 points specifically because you cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant

you will need to provide your full PIP award letter dated within the last 12 months. If your letter is over 12 months old, you will need to call and ask for an up to date letter to be sent to you.

  • The number to call is 0800 121 4433

If your letter states Attendance Allowance, you should not apply under this criteria

Registered severely sight impaired (blind)

If you are registered as severely sight impaired (blind)

You will need to provide your Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) or BD8 form or your visually impaired ID card (if registered blind with Kirklees Council)

If you are registered sight impaired (partially sighted), you should not apply under this criteria.
War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement

If you receive War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement

You will need to provide your War Pensioner's entitlement letter stating that you receive the Mobility Supplement. If you do not have a letter, you will need to call Veterans UK and ask for a letter to be sent to you.

  • The number to call is 0808 1914 218
Lump sum benefit armed forces and reserved forces compensation scheme

If you have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the armed forces and reserved 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.

You will need to provide your full award letter which confirms this. If you do not have a letter, you will need to call Veterans UK and ask for a letter to be sent to you.

  • The number to call is 0808 1914 218
Terminal Illness and not expected to live more than 6 months

You will need to provide your DS1500 confirming your diagnosis. If you do not have a DS1500 you will need to provide the details of the medical professional who can confirm your diagnosis and that your life expectancy is less than 6 months.

Assessed criteria

A person who doesn't meet the above criteria may still qualify if one of the following apply:

Enduring and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have considerable difficulty in walking from a vehicle to your destination

You need to complete a full application giving details of your illness or disability and how your mobility is affected. You should upload any evidence you already have from medical professionals.

The types of evidence you could provide include (but are not limited to):

  • A letter of diagnosis (from a specialist), as up-to-date as possible
  • Evidence of the progression of the condition over time
  • Confirmation of ongoing treatments/clinic attendances, or referral
  • Evidence of prescribed medication relevant to your condition
  • Evidence of specialist consultations, or referral
  • Your Patient Summary or Summary Care Records
  • Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
  • Care Plans from social care teams
  • Social housing letters or assessment reports from a local authority
  • Letters from other professionals involved in your care
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision letters
  • Evidence of other benefits received
  • Contact details of professionals involved in your care

IMPORTANT - you should not ask your GP to write a letter.

Please Note: some organisations or specialists may charge a fee for providing documentary evidence on request, the council cannot help with these costs.

If the evidence you provide is not enough to make a decision on your eligibility, you will be required to attend an independent mobility assessment to determine if you meet the criteria, you will not be charged for this.

Enduring and substantial disability which causes you to experience very considerable psychological distress, or be at risk of serious harm, or pose a risk of serious harm to any other person when walking from a vehicle to your destination (you have a hidden disability)

You need to complete a full application giving details of your illness or disability and the difficulties you experience during the course of a journey, when walking from a vehicle to your destination.

When you complete the form you will need to show that you:

  • experience very severe or overwhelming anxiety: or
  • have an overwhelming sense of fear in open/public/busy spaces; or
  • avoid some or all types of journey; or
  • become physically aggressive to others; or
  • find it difficult or impossible to control your actions; or
  • have intense responses to overwhelming situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control; or
  • are at risk of serious harm when walking

You should upload any evidence you already have from medical professionals.

The types of evidence you could provide include (but are not limited to):

  • A letter of diagnosis (from a specialist), as up-to-date as possible
  • Evidence of the progression of the condition over time
  • Confirmation of ongoing treatments/clinic attendances, or referral
  • Evidence of prescribed medication relevant to your condition
  • Evidence of specialist consultations, or referral
  • Your Patient Summary or Summary Care Records
  • Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
  • Care Plans from social care teams
  • Social housing letters or assessment reports from a local authority
  • Letters from other professionals involved in your care
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision letters
  • Evidence of other benefits received
  • Contact details of professionals involved in your care

IMPORTANT - you should not ask your GP to write a letter.

Please Note: some organisations or specialists may charge a fee for providing documentary evidence on request, the council cannot help with these costs.

If the evidence you provide is not enough to make a decision on your eligibility, your application will be passed to an expert assessor to determine if you meet the criteria, you will not be charged for this.

For more information

Read the legislation: The Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

Regularly drives a vehicle and has a severe disability in both arms and is unable to operate or has considerable difficulty in operating all or some types of on-street parking equipment.

Only drivers with the most severe disabilities in both their arms will qualify under this criteria. Medical evidence or an assessment may be needed to determine eligibility.

Child under 3 years old who must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment

Examples of bulky medical equipment may include (but is not limited to):

  • Ventilators
  • Suction machines
  • Feed pumps
  • Parenteral equipment
  • Syringe drivers
  • Oxygen administration equipment
  • Continuous oxygen saturation monitoring equipment
  • Casts and associated medical equipment for the correction of hip dysplasia
Child under 3 years old who needs to be kept near a vehicle at all times

A child under 3 years old who needs to be kept near a vehicle at all times so that treatment can be given in the vehicle or the child can be quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital.

Examples of highly unstable medical conditions may include (but is not lilmited to):

  • Tracheostomies
  • Severe epilepsy/fitting
  • Highly unstable diabetes
  • Terminal illnesses which prevent the child from spending any more than brief moments outside and who need a quick route home

Proof of address and identity

We will accept the following as proof of address and identity:

Proof of identity
  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Birth/adoption certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce certificate
  • DWP - PIP/DLA or Pensions letter
  • Prescription sheet from a GP
Proof of address
  • Driving licence
  • Bank statement
  • Utility bill (Not Council Tax bill)
  • DWP - PIP/DLA or Pensions letter
  • Prescription sheet from a GP

Photographs

You will need to upload a recent digital photo to be printed on the back of your Blue Badge. Make sure it:

  • has a plain light background
  • shows your face clearly
  • includes your shoulders

Badges for organisations

Organisations concerned with the care of disabled people can apply for a Blue Badge for vehicles like minibuses or specially adapted vehicles if they:

  • care for and transport disabled people who would meet the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge; and
  • have a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual Blue Badges of people it transports.

Apply, re-apply or report a lost or stolen Blue Badge

Fill in our simple online form.

You should re-apply for a Blue Badge at least 8 weeks before your current one expires.

You will need to provide up to date evidence and may need to attend an assessment to determine if you still qualify.

Clock Completing this form for automatic criteria takes around 15 minutes

Clock Completing this form for assessed criteria takes around 25 minutes

PaperclipTo complete this form you will need to provide proof of identity, proof of address, a recent photograph and a debit card to pay £10.

Apply online

After you've applied

If you are eligible, your Blue Badge will be sent to your home address.

If you are not eligible, your payment will be refunded and you will be notified of the reason you are not eligible.

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Contacting us

If you would like to apply for a Blue Badge and you do not have access to a computer, you can call Kirklees Direct or you can use a self-service computer at one of our Customer Service Centres.

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