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Blue Badge information about accepted proof of identity and photos

Eligible without further assessment

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

  • Your Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA) 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’ descriptor of the mobility component
  • Your Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award letter with a score of 10 points specifically for Descriptor E in the ‘planning and following journeys’ on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress
  • Blind Registration Card or Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI)
  • War Pension confirming Mobility Supplement (WPMS)

You will also qualify under this category if you've received a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8). You must also have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

In addition, you will need to bring a copy of one item from each of the following lists:

Proof of Address:

  •  Valid driving licence (card or paper version)   
  • Benefit Award letter from DWP, SPVA, Housing or Pensions dated within the last 12 months
  • Council Tax or Utility bill date within the last 12 months

Proof of Identity:

  • Birth / Adoption certificate (full or extract)
  • Marriage / Divorce certificate
  • Civil Partnership / Dissolution certificate
  • Valid driving licence (card or paper version)
  • Valid passport
  • National Identity Card

Eligible subject to further assessment 

If you do not fall within the above category, you may still be entitled to a blue badge subject to further assessment. In addition to completing Section 4 & 5 of the blue badge application you will need to bring a copy of one item from each of the following lists:

Proof of Address:

  • Valid driving licence (card or paper version)   
  • Benefit Award letter from DWP, SPVA, Housing or Pensions dated within the last 12 months
  • Council Tax or Utility bill dated within the last 12 months.

Proof of Identity:

  • Birth / Adoption certificate (full or extract)
  • Marriage / Divorce certificate
  • Civil Partnership / Dissolution certificate
  • Valid driving licence (card or paper version)
  • Valid passport
  • National Identity Card.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the relevant evidence to support their application and demonstrate their eligibility for a Blue Badge under the new criteria. This could include (but is not limited to): 

  •  Letter of diagnosis
  • Confirmation of ongoing treatments/clinic attendances, or referral for such
  • Evidence of prescribed medication relevant to the applicants disability/symptoms
  • Evidence of specialist consultations, or referral for such
  • Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP), which may provide insight into the needs, experiences and coping strategies devised for younger people with complex needs, learning disabilities and/or behavioural difficulties
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision letters
  • Social housing letters/assessment reports from the local authority
  • Care Plans from social care teams
  • The applicants Patient Summary or Summary Care Records
  • Evidence of the progression or advancement of the condition over time (This may be especially relevant if someone is re-applying having been previously rejected because the condition was previously not judged to be severe enough)
  • Evidence of other benefits received by the applicant
  • Letters from professionals involved in the care of the applicant
Photograph required

Applicant’s photograph should be similar to those required for passports, but do not need to be taken by a professional or in a photo booth. These can be taken with a digital camera or smartphone and printed as a high-quality image.  To meet our requirements, photographs must:

  • Show you on your own
  • Be taken within the last 6 months
  • Be in colour, not black and white
  • Be clear and in sharp focus, with a clear difference between your face and the background
  • Be taken against a plain light background
  • Be of you forward-facing and looking straight at the camera
  • Not be torn, creased or marked
  • Be printed as a high-quality image
  • Show your full head, without any head covering unless you wear one for religious beliefs or medical reasons.
  • Be a close-up of your head and shoulders.

 

 


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