How to apply, Renew Blue Badge, Lost or stolen,

We can assist you to fill out the blue badge application via arranged appointment here at the Barrow & District Disability Association.

Blue Badges help people with disabilities or health conditions park closer to their destination. You can apply for a badge for yourself, on behalf of somebody else or an organisation that transports people that need a Blue Badge.

People who automatically get a Blue Badge

You automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you are over 2 years old and at least one of the following applies:

  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
  • You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) because you can’t walk more than 50 meters (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component).
  • You are registered blind (severely sight impaired).
  • You receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement.
  • You have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve 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 receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for under the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress.
  • If you have any score other than 10 points under in the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity of PIP you may still be eligible for a Blue Badge, but you do not automatically qualify. This includes if you have a higher score of 12. You will have to provide evidence to demonstrate your eligibility which will be assessed as part of your application.

What you need to apply for a Blue Badge

You will need to provide:

  • Proof of identity – to prove of identity, you can provide a copy of either (passport, driving license, birth or adoption certificate, marriage or civil partnership certificate and divorce or dissolution certificate.)
  • Proof of address –  to prove of address, you can provide a copy of either (a recent council tax bill, a recent utility bill, a recent letter from a government department such as Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), driving license or a recent letter from a school (if you are under 16).
  • A recent head and shoulders digital photo (either with a white or scream background, keep glasses on if wear them, no smile, it must be within 3 months of date and not used on any other official documentation.)
  • Evidence of your disabilities/conditions (if applicable), for example hospital letters or care plans.
  • Your national insurance number (if you have one).
  • Card details to make payment (£10)

Blue Badges for organisations

An organisation may be eligible for a badge (or multiple badges), if they both:

  • Care for or assist people who need a Blue Badge
  • Transport people who need a Blue Badge

The issuing local council will decide whether the organisation has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual badges of the people it is transporting. An organisational badge must only be displayed when someone who would be eligible for a Blue Badge in their own right is being transported.

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

How to renew a Blue Badge?

Badges are issued for up to 3 years depending on eligibility. If you want to renew your badge you can apply up to 6 weeks in advance of the expiry date shown on your badge.

You can download and complete the paper application:

Click Here to download the blue badge application

  • The application form can either be completed online and returned by email to blue.badge@cumbria.gov.uk, or printed and returned by post to:

Blue Badge, Cumbria County Council, PO Box 415, Carlisle, CA1 9GU

What to do if your blue badge has been lost or had it stolen?

If your Blue Badge has been lost or stolen and expires within the next 12 months, you should apply for a new Blue Badge.

You can report the badge either online or paper form by printing the application out

Government link: https://www.gov.uk/blue-badge-scheme-information-council

Cumbria County Council link: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/parking/bluebadges.asp