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Blue Badge: What evidence you'll need if you are automatically eligible

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Assessment appointments

Due to government guidance on social distancing and the threat of coronavirus, blue badge assessment appointments have been cancelled.

We are not able to give appointment dates for assessments at the moment.

Renewals

In South Tyneside, there have been no delays in issuing renewals.

In cases where a face to face assessment is needed, a 12 month renewal is issued.

Contents

  1. What is a Blue Badge?
  2. Eligibility
  3. What evidence you'll need if you are automatically eligible
  4. What evidence you'll need if you may be eligible
  5. How to apply or renew
  6. If your application is approved / refused
  7. What happens at an assessment
  8. How to pay

What evidence you'll need if you are automatically eligible

If you are automatically eligible for a Blue Badge, you need to provide proof of the benefits you get.

Severely sight impaired (registered blind)

You will need to provide:

  • a Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI), signed by a Consultant Ophthalmologist which states that you are severely sight impaired (blind)

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

You will need to provide either:

  • an award notice letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which is less than 12 months old
  • an annual uprating letter which says you get DLA

If you have lost your award notice letter or your uprating letter, you can ask for a current award notice from the Disability Service Centre

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - moving around descriptor

You will need to show that in the mobility component, you get at least 8 points or more for the moving around part.

You will need to provide:

  • your PIP decision letter from DWP which shows:
    • you get PIP (front page)
    • the assessment scores (second to last page)
    • the mobility scores (last page)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - planning and following a journey descriptor E

You will need to show that in the mobility component, you get exactly 10 points in Descriptor E for 'planning and following journeys' because any journey would cause overwhelming psychological distress.

Please note - a higher score of 12 points in descriptor F does not meet the automatically eligible criteria.

You will need to provide:

  • your PIP decision letter from DWP which shows:
    • you get PIP (front page)
    • the assessment scores (second to last page)
    • the mobility scores (last page)

If you have lost your PIP decision letter, you can request a new letter from the DWP (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm): 

  • Telephone: 0800 121 4433
  • Textphone: 0800 121 4493

Read more about Personal Independence Payment

War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS)

You will need to provide:

  • your official letter from Veterans UK which shows you get the grant

If you have lost this letter, contact Veterans UK:

Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme

You will need to provide:

  • your official letter from Veterans UK

If you have lost this letter, contact Veterans UK:

Next page: What evidence you'll need if you may be eligible 

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