Blue Badge information about accepted proofs and photos

Mandatory Blue Badge

If you are applying for a mandatory badge, please supply any of the following, which must be dated within the last 12 months.

  • Your Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Benefit Award letter confirming entitlement to higher rate mobility component.  
  • Your Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award letter with a score of 8 points or more in the 'moving around component'.
  • War Pension confirming mobility component.    
  • Blind registration card.

In addition, you will need to bring one item from the following list:

  • Marriage, birth or adoption certificate (must be full certificate with parents details). 
  • Valid driving licence (card or paper version).    
  • Valid passport.    
  • Pension award letter dated within the last 12 months.
  • Tax credit award or Inland Revenue letter dated within the last 12 months.    
  • DWP or DLA benefit award dated within the last 12 months.
  • National identity card.

Discretionary Blue Badge

If you do not hold any of the above you may still be entitled to a discretionary blue badge. If you have received an acceptance letter, please supply one item from the following list, dated within the last 12 months:

  • Utility bill, rent or pension book.    
  • Bank statement.    
  • Valid driving licence (card or paper version).    
  • DWP or DLA benefit.    
  • Tax credit award or Inland Revenue letter.
  • A prescription for medication and/or a hospital letter confirming an appointment. 

In addition, you will need to bring one item from the following list:

  • Marriage, birth or adoption certificate (must be full certificate with parents details). 
  • Valid driving licence (card or paper version).    
  • Valid passport.    
  • Pension award letter dated within the last 12 months.    
  • Tax credit award or Inland Revenue letter dated within the last 12 months.
  • DWP or DLA benefit award dated within the last 12 months.
  • National identity card.

Requirements for under 16's

In addition to the above being provided for the parent/guardian we will also need the child's DLA award letter, showing their entitlement, if you are applying for a discretionary badge. If the blue badge is being issued following a successful GP referral, the child's full birth or adoption certificate must be provided.

Photographs required

You will also need to bring one colour passport sized photograph, taking the following into account:

  • It must be a taken in the last 12 months, clear and front facing picture of the applicant's full face.    
  • It is not acceptable to wear a hat or scarf. In the case of religious preferences, the scarf should not hide your face.    
  • If you are wearing dark lenses, we may require you to provide a new picture without glasses, unless you are registered blind.