Blue Badges

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: Do I need to own a car to apply for a Blue Badge?

Answer: There is no requirement for you to own a vehicle or be able to drive one. The badge is personal to you and can be used in any vehicle in which you are travelling either as driver or passenger.



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Question: Do I qualify for a Blue Badge for my temporary disability (e.g. broken leg,)?

Answer: Some badges may be granted for a short term if you are in receipt of certain benefits.

To check if you may be eligible please use the entitlement checker at the following link.

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Question: Who is eligible for a Blue Badge?

Answer: Some people will have an automatic entitlement to a Badge and others may be eligible under the Discretionary Criteria.

To check if you may be eligible, please use the entitlement checker from the following link. - Related Link

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Question: Why have you sent a renewal letter for my Blue Badge and no application form?

Answer: The process for applying for a renewal badge is online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge.

Access to the internet is available at Ryde and Newport Help Centres, please see link below. Alternatively a family member, friend or carer can apply online on your behalf.

As part of the online form you will be advised of the proofs and payment that you need to send us to support your application. - Related Link

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Question: How do I renew a badge which was not issued on the Isle of Wight?

Answer: You need to contact the IW Council 3 months before your mainland badge expires. Please complete an online application - Related Link

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Question: Why do I need to apply on line?

Answer: Your application will be registered on our Blue Badge system automatically, this will enable us to start dealing with your application as soon as possible.

You will be advised of the proofs and payment that you need to send us to support your application and you can upload them with your application to save time.

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Question: Do the changes announced in the media enable me to apply for a blue badge due to a non-visible (hidden) disability or condition?

Answer: From 30 August the government is introducing new criteria for Blue Badge applications in England and applicants with non-visible (hidden) disabilities may be eligible for a Blue Badge.
If, in your PIP mobility assessment, you scored 10 points in “Planning and following a journey” which says you “cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress”, you would automatically be eligible for a badge.

If you did not score this, but you have a non-visible condition which causes you to severely struggle with journeys between your car and your destination, you may still apply and your application would be considered based on the information and evidence supplied.



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Question: How long will my new application take to process?

Answer: If you have applied under the ‘eligible without further assessment’ criteria and if your paperwork is complete, the application process should take approximately 4 weeks.
If you have applied under the ‘eligible subject to further assessment’ criteria, then your application could take 8 – 12 weeks as you may be required to attend an independent mobility assessment with our expert assessors at the Mobility Clinic. These appointments are outside of the Council’s control, so specific timescales are not possible. You may also be required to supply further medical or professional evidence to support your application if you have applied under this criterion.
For more information, please contact the Blue Badge team by emailing blue.badge@iow.gov.uk or calling 01983 823340.



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Question: How do I apply for a Blue Badge?

Answer: You can apply through Direct Gov via the link below.

If you are unable to apply online an application form can be printed from our web page ‘Apply for or renew a Blue Badge’.






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