Scotland - Obtain a Disabled Parking Permit (Blue Badge)
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
The Blue Badge scheme is administered by your local authority. If you live in Scotland and think you may be entitled to a Blue Badge you should apply to your local authority (the address and telephone number will be in your local phone book). If you are contacting your council by telephone ask for the section that deals with Blue Badges.
- To apply you will need to complete an application form. Contact your local authorities if you have any enquiries or would like to obtain an application form.
- Submit the completed form along with a full colour passport sized photograph of the badge holder.
You can go online and apply for a Blue Badge if you are resident in Scotland. You will need to answer a few questions to see if you may be eligible before applying. These questions will only take two or three minutes. Once you have applied, your form will be sent to your local authority for a decision.
When you apply online you will need to provide:
- Your National Insurance number or NHS Number;
- Your driving licence number;
- A passport photo; and
- The details of your current badge, if you have one
Turned down applications
If your local authority decides you are not eligible, they must give you the reasons why. You can ask them to review your case if you dont think that all the important information you provided was taken into account. You can reapply if your mobility problems become more severe.
- Completed application form
- DLA award letter, to support your application
- Proof of identity and residence
- Full colour passport sized photograph of the badge holder. The photograph must be a true likeness, taken within the previous six months; the face should be uncovered and un-obscured, looking directly at the camera. You should print your name, or get a parent or guardian to print, on the back of the photograph.
Office Locations & Contacts
Blue Badge Team
Email: [email protected]
LOCAL AUTHORITY CONTACTS
- Aberdeen City: 08456 080 910
- Aberdeenshire: 08456 081 200
- Angus: 08452 777 778
- Argyll & Bute: 01546 605 517
- Clackmannanshire: 01259 450 000
- Dumfries & Galloway: 03033 333 000
- Dundee City: 01382 434 000
- East Ayrshire: 01563 554 200
- East Dunbartonshire: 03001 234 510
- East Lothian: 01620 827 367
- East Renfrewshire: 0141 577 3001
- Edinburgh, City of: 0131 469 3891
- Eilean Siar (Western Isles): 01851 822 708
- Falkirk: 01324 506 070
- Fife: 03451 550 066
- Glasgow, City of: 0141 287 2000
- Highland: 01349 886 604
- Inverclyde: 01475 714 350
- Midlothian: 0131 561 5445
- Moray: 01343 543 451
- North Ayrshire: 01294 476 148
- North Lanarkshire: 01698 403 160
- Orkney Islands: 01856 873 535
- Perth & Kinross: 01738 475 000
- Renfrewshire: 0300 300 0300
- Scottish Borders: 0300 100 1800
- Shetland Islands: 01595 744 868
- South Ayrshire: 0300 123 0900
- South Lanarkshire: 0303 123 1008
- Stirling: 01786 237 502
- West Dunbartonshire: 01389 737 020
- West Lothian: 01506 280 000
You are automatically eligible for a badge if you are over two years old and meet one of the following criteria:
- You receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance; or
- You meet a Moving Around descriptor for the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) that indicates that they either cannot stand or can stand but walk no more than 50 metres (8 points or more); or
- You meet the 'Planning and Following Journeys' descriptor for the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) that indicates that they can't follow the route of a familiar journey without another person, an assistance dog or an orientation aid (12 points); or
- You were in receipt of a fixed term award of the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance immediately before being assessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). You did not receive the Mobility Component of PIP at 8 points or more for the Moving Around activity or 12 points for the Planning and Following Journeys activity and you have requested a mandatory reconsideration of that decision with the Department for Work and Pensions within the last year; or
- You were in receipt of a lifetime or indefinite award of the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance immediately before being assessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP); or
- You are blind or registered blind; or
- You receive a War Pensioners Mobility Supplement; or
- You have received a lump sum benefit within tariffs 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial difficulty which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
If you are applying based on the criteria mentioned above you will automatically qualify for a Blue Badge, provided you have the appropriate documentation, such as your most recent DLA award letter, to support your application and can provide proof of your identity and proof that you are a resident in the local authority in which you are applying.
In case you do not meet the above criteria you may still be eligible for a badge if you are more than two years old and meet one of the following criteria:
- You have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk, or virtually unable to walk; or
- You are unable to walk, or virtually unable to walk because of a temporary but substantial disability which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months but less than 3 years.
Note: You will need to show that you are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk very far without experiencing excessive pain and breathlessness, or a deterioration of health brought on by the effort needed to walk.
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The Blue Badge scheme is designed to help disabled people who have severe mobility problems lead independent lives by knowing that when they reach a destination, either as a driver or passenger, that they will be able to park near to a venue and therefore have easier access to the services they want to use.
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