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: 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: 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.

Please visit our ‘Who can get one’ web page to see whether you may be eligible on the link below. - Related Link

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Question: What organisations are eligible for a Blue Badge?

Answer: A Blue Badge may be issued to an organisation which cares for and transports disabled people who would meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for a Blue Badge and has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual Blue Badges of people it is transporting.
It is unlikely that taxi, private hire or community transport operators would be eligible as they are not usually concerned with the care of disabled people.


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Question: How and where can I use my Blue Badge?

Answer: When you receive your Blue Badge, you will be sent a ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ booklet which explains how and where you can use your badge.

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Question: How much does a Blue Badge cost?

Answer: A new, renewed or replaced Blue Badge costs £10. We will contact you requesting a card payment once we are ready to process your badge.
Please be aware that there are scam websites which charge more than £10 for an application. These websites are not associated with the Blue Badge service and the application form supplied by these websites is not accepted


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

Answer: A Blue Badge will only be granted if you have a permanent condition or disability which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult. Therefore, if your disability is temporary such as a broken leg, you would not be eligible for a badge. However, badges may be granted for other reasons – to check if you may be eligible, please visit our ‘Who can get one’ web page on the link below.

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Question: What evidence do I need to provide with my Blue Badge application?

Answer: With any Blue Badge application, you will be required to provide proof of your identity and proof of your address, dated within the last 12 months. For details on which documents you can supply, visit our ‘Evidence Required’ web page. You must also include a recent passport standard photograph of the applicant which needs to be in colour and show the applicant’s full face so that the holder can be easily identified.
You will be required to supply evidence of your eligibility for the relevant criteria under which you are applying.
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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. Please click on the link below.

If you are unable to apply online, you can download a paper application form from our ‘Apply for or renew a Blue Badge’ webpage.
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