Apply for a Blue Badge
The Blue Badge Scheme provides parking concessions nationally and across Europe for people with a permanent and substantial disability, whether that person is the driver or a passenger.
A Blue Badge allows you to park:
- in public on-street parking places
- on single or double yellow lines, at times when loading is allowed
- in some private car parks.
To automatically qualify for a Blue Badge, you must:
- be registered as blind or severely sight impaired
or be receiving:
- the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance.
- or the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement.
- or benefit under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8)
or be assessed as scoring:
- at least 8 points in the "Moving Around" portion of the Personal Independence Payment.
- or 12 points in the "Planning and Following Journeys" portion of the Personal Independence Payment.
If you do not meet the criteria above, you may have to attend an independent medical assessment to confirm that you are "unable to walk" or " virtually unable to walk".
Note: IMA assessments have resumed, but there is a backlog due to the recent restrictions. We are working through this as quickly as possible.
The Blue Badge Scheme is extended on a pilot basis to some people who as a result of a diagnosed mental condition, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others. See below for application Form C (you cannot apply online).
A Blue Badge cannot be renewed: you must apply for a new one. Please apply at least 6 weeks before your current Blue Badge runs out.
How to apply
We encourage you to apply and pay online. This is the quickest way: your application is processed within 4 weeks.
Paper applications can take up to 12 weeks to be processed. Apply online if you need a badge urgently.
Download and print forms below, or collect them from your local library.
There are 3 application forms for a Blue Badge:
Use application form A (PDF) if you receive:
- the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PiP) ("Moving Around" or "Planning or Following Journeys" descriptors)
- War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
- a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive)
- or you are registered blind (severely sight impaired).
Use application form B (PDF) if you:
- don't receive any of the benefits listed above
- are not registered blind (severely sight impaired)
- are unable to walk, or virtually unable to walk
- have a disability in both arms
- applying on behalf of someone under the age of 3.
Application form C (PDF) is for anyone with a diagnosed mental disorder and/or cognitive impairment. Only those most in need will be eligible. This is defined as:
- People, who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others.
Send your paper application to:
Dalkeith EH22 1DN
Or hand it in to any Midlothian library.
Send it with:
- 1 passport-style photograph
- Proof or address and ID
- Any supporting documents
Organisations wishing to apply for a group Blue Badge should apply online and ensure they answer all the assessment questions.
There is a £20 fee for a Blue Badge. After we receive your application, we will call you for payment by credit/debit card. Do not send cash.
Get help to apply
If you need help to complete the form contact the local Citizens Advice Bureau.
For general advice on Blue Badges call the Blue Badge section on 0131 561 5455.