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Blue Badge Scheme (Disabled person's parking badge)

The Blue Badge scheme is designed to help disabled people who have significant mobility problems lead independent lives by allowing them to park near to a venue and have easier access to the services they want to use.

Applying for a Blue Badge

You may qualify for a Blue Badge if you meet one of the following criteria:

Automatic criteria

You will automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you are over the age of two and one of the following applies:

  • you receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
  • you receive 8 points or more in the Moving Around Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • you receive 12 points in the Planning and Following a Journey Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • you receive 8 points or more under the Moving Around Activity of Adult Disability Payment (ADP)
  • you receive 12 points in the Planning and Following a Journey Activity of Adult Disability Payment (ADP)
  • you are severely sight impaired (blind) and in receipt of a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) form
  • you receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
  • you have received a lump sum benefit within tariffs 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme

To apply under this criteria, complete an online application using the Blue Badge Digital Service or download and complete a Blue Badge (Without Further Assessment) (PDF) [320KB] .

Discretionary criteria

You may qualify for a badge if you are over the age of two and one of the following applies:

  • you have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk, or virtually unable to walk
  • you are unable to walk, or virtually unable to walk because of a temporary but substantial disability which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months but less than 3 years

If you are applying for a badge on this basis you will need to show that you are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk very far without experiencing excessive pain and breathlessness, or a deterioration of health brought on by the effort needed to walk.

To apply under this criteria, complete an online application using the Blue Badge Digital Service or download and complete a Blue Badge (Subject to Further Assessment) (PDF) [332KB] .

Child under three years old criteria

A child under three may qualify for a badge if one of the following applies:

  • they have a medical condition requiring the transportation of large and/or heavy medical equipment (for example, ventilators, feeding pumps, oxygen administration equipment)
  • they have a medical condition which means they must be kept near a vehicle on account of their condition so that they can be treated for that condition either in the vehicle, or be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place they can be treated

To apply under this criteria, complete an online application using the Blue Badge Digital Service or download and complete a Blue Badge (Child Under the age of Three) (PDF) [284KB]

Driver with severe upper limb disability in both arms criteria

You may qualify for a badge if the following applies:

  • you have a severe disability in both arms, regularly drive a vehicle and are unable to operate or have considerable difficulty operating parking meters. 

To apply under this criteria, complete an online application using the Blue Badge Digital Service or download and complete a Blue Badge (Upper Limb Disability) (PDF) [288KB] .

Risk in traffic criteria

You may qualify for a badge if you are over the age of two and the following applies:

  • You lack awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise the safety of yourself or others as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment

To apply under this criteria, download and complete a Blue Badge (Cognitive Impairment) (PDF) [320KB] Please note you cannot yet apply online under this criteria.

Applying for an Organisation Blue Badge

Your organisation may qualify for a badge if both of the following applies:

  • The organisation both cares for and transports disabled people who themselves meet the eligibility criteria for a badge described above
  • The organisation has a clear need for a Blue Badge, rather than using the individual badges of the people it is transporting

Common examples of organisations that may be eligible include residential care homes, hospices or local authority social services departments.  It is unlikely that taxi or private hire operators and community transport operators would be eligible as they are not usually concerned with the care of disabled people. 

To apply under this criteria, complete an online application using the Blue Badge Digital Service or download and complete a Blue Badge (Organisation) (PDF) [270KB]

Further information

To pay for your Blue Badge if your application has been approved, visit the payment page.

For additional information on the Blue Badge scheme, visit the mygov.scot website.

To find out information about the Low Emission Zones coming into force in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow or to register your Blue Badge exemption for the LEZ, please visit the official Low Emission Zones Scotland website.

Last modified on 18 August 2023

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