Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

Coronavirus

The government have announced temporary changes to the Blue Badge scheme

If you have a permanent and severe disability a Blue Badge helps you park closer to where you need to go as either a driver or passenger. 

Am I eligible for a Blue Badge?

Automatic eligibility

You will need to provide proof of automatic eligibility, such as: 

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – you must receive 8 points or more under the ‘Moving around’ section
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – at the higher rate of the mobility component
  • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) award – at tariffs 1 to 8
  • War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement

You also could: 

  • be registered blind (You will need to provide a copy of your Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI))
  • have a terminal illness (You will need to provide a copy of your DS1500)

Assessed eligibility

We will need to assess your application if you apply due to a: 

  • medical condition that severely affects your ability to walk short distances
  • medical condition that severely affects both arms

More advice on eligibility is provided by the Can I get a Blue Badge guide. 

Non-visible (hidden) conditions

Due to the nature of non-visible (hidden) conditions we’ll assess your application by looking at your needs. 

Having a certain condition or disability does not mean you will automatically get a Blue Badge.

Automatic eligibility

You will be automatically eligible if within your PIP mobility assessment, you scored 10 points in “Planning and following a journey”. Specifically, the 10 points which says: 

“Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant.” 

If you did not score this you can still apply but will need to be assessed. 

Assessed eligibility

We will need to assess your application if you apply due to a non-visible (hidden) condition, that causes you to severely struggle with journeys between a vehicle and your destination, and either: 

  • is a constant significant risk to yourself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
  • severely struggle to plan or follow a journey
  • find it difficult or impossible to control your actions and lack awareness of the impact you could have on others
  • regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
  • frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces

If one or more of these statements are relevant to you you’ll need to provide evidence before you apply. 

Children under 3

Badges for organisations

Evidence you will need to provide

When you apply you will be required to provide documents from our list of accepted proofs and photographs so we can check the information within your application form. 

Apply for a Blue Badge

The only way to apply for a Blue Badge is at Gov.UK

Apply for a Blue Badge online

If you can’t apply online at home, computers are available at any of our libraries or Solihull Connect walk in centres

If you need any help with your application please call our Blue Badge team on 0121 704 6000 (Option 1). 

Pay for a Blue Badge

If your application for a Blue Badge is approved you will need to pay a £10 fee. 

You should only pay at this stage if you meet the automatic criteria listed above. 

Pay for your Blue Badge

What if my Blue Badge is lost or stolen?

If your Blue Badge is lost or stolen call us on 0121 704 6000 (Option 1). 

For stolen Blue Badges you will also need to contact West Midlands Police who will provide you with an incident number. 

The cost of a replacement Blue Badge is £10.