Blue Badge permit

What is a Blue Badge?

Blue Badge permits provide parking concessions if you have severe mobility problems and have difficulty using public transport. Blue Badge holders can either be the driver or the passenger of a vehicle they are travelling in.

Who can have a Blue Badge?

Mandatory Blue Badge

You qualify for a mandatory Blue Badge without any assessment if you are over two years old and you:

  • Are registered as blind.
  • Receive a higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance.
  • Receive a War Pension Mobility Supplement.

You must apply online via Direct.gov. You will need to send your proof of entitlement and photo ID to the address which is listed on the Direct.gov confirmation page.

Alternatively, you can take the proofs and photo ID to any One Stop Shop for them to be checked, along with reference number given on submission of the form. View a list of accepted proofs, and read our guidance on photo ID.  

A £10 application fee is also payable. Details of where to send payment is also listed on the Direct.gov form.

Apply for a mandatory badge

Discretionary Blue Badge

You (or your representative) will need to complete a self assessment (which is part of the Blue Badge application form) to prove you are eligible for a discretionary Blue Badge if you are:

  • Over two years of age and have permanent and substantial disability which means you cannot walk, or makes walking very difficult. 
  • Drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to or would find it difficult to operate all or some types of parking meter.
  • Apply on behalf of a child under the age of two who has a medical condition that requires bulky medical equipment or immediate access to a vehicle for treatment.

You must apply online via Direct.gov. You will need to send your proof of entitlement and photo ID to the address which is listed on the Direct.gov confirmation page.

Alternatively, you can take the proofs and photo ID to any One Stop Shop for them to be checked, along with reference number given on submission of the form. View a list of accepted proofs, and read our guidance on photo ID.  

Once your request has been assessed you will be contacted and asked for payment of the £10 fee.

Apply for a discretionary badge

Organisational Blue Badges

An organisational Blue Badge may be issued to an organisation for motor vehicle(s) used to carry disabled people and must be registered with the DVLA.

You must apply online via Direct.gov. You will need to send the registration documents for each vehicle which has been applied for and also the company logo to the address given on the Direct.gov confirmation page.

Alternatively, you can take these documents to any One Stop Shop for them to be checked, along with reference number given on submission of the form. 

You can apply for an Organisational Blue Badge online via Direct.gov using the button below.

Apply for an organisational badge

Renewing your Blue Badge

Badges must be renewed every three years. We do not send out reminders so you are responsible for renewing your badge. You can renew up to two months prior to the expiry date. 

You will need the details of your current badge to hand along with proof of ID which can upload via Direct.gov or post to the address given when you submit your renewal application. Accepted forms of ID are:

  • Digital Bus pass
  • Valid Driving Licence
  • Valid Passport
  • National Identity Card

Alternatively, you can take the proofs to any One Stop Shop for them to be checked, along with reference number given on submission of the form. 

Renew your badge

Applicants who are terminally ill

If you have been issued with a DS1500 medical report you, a representative, or a medical professional acting on your behalf, can apply for a Blue Badge via our fast track service. Once we have received your application form, report and £10 payment we will issue you with a Blue Badge within four working days.

To apply please:

  • Download the fast track application form.
  • Return the form, a copy of the DS1500 report and payment to: Liverpool City Council Blue Badge Team, 2nd Floor, Mount Pleasant Car Park, Liverpool, L3 5RA. Please make cheques payable to Liverpool City Council.
  • Email the form, along with a scanned copy of the DS1500 report to us at bluebadgeapplications@liverpool.gov.uk and make a card payment at any One Stop Shop or over the phone (see below).
  • Call into any One Stop Shop with the form, a copy of the DS1500 report and pay with a card.

How to pay

Card payments can be made at any One Stop Shop or by calling 0151 233 3011 quoting reference number 20000017. Postal orders or a cheques made out to Liverpool City Council can be accepted by post or at the City Centre One Stop Shop where we can also accept cash.

Rights and responsibilities

The Department for Transport has developed a useful guide for Blue Badge holders. It explains your responsibilities as a badge holder as well as how to display the badge and when you need to use a parking clock. Visit the Gov.UK website to find out more.

It should be noted that the Blue Badge remains the property of the issuing local authority which has powers to withdraw the Blue Badge in some circumstances.

The authority may also require the return of a Blue Badge on account of its misuse leading to a relevant conviction, or where the authority is satisfied that the Blue Badge was obtained by false representation.