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Blue Badge: Eligibility

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.


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.


  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


You will automatically be eligible if any of the following apply:

  • you get the higher rate for the mobility part of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • you get a Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and in mobility you get either:
    • 8 points or more for 'moving around'
    • exactly 10 points in Descriptor E for 'planning and following journeys' because any journey would cause overwhelming psychological distress
  • you are registered blind
  • you get the War Pensioners Mobility supplement
  • you have been awarded a benefit by the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and:
    • get a lump sum payment within tariff levels 1 to 8
    • have been assessed and certified by Veterans UK as having a disability which means you can't walk or find walking very difficult

Important note on your PIP score - you must get exactly 10 points for 'planning and following journeys' to be automatically eligible. A higher score of 12 points in descriptor F does not meet the automatically eligible criteria.

You may be eligible if any of the following apply:

  • you cannot walk at all
  • you cannot walk without help from someone else or using mobility aids
  • you find walking very difficult due to pain, breathlessness or the time it takes
  • walking puts you at risk of serious harm to yourself or others
  • you have a terminal illness, which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult and have a DS1500 form from your doctor, consultant, or other healthcare professional 
  • you have a severe disability in both arms and drive regularly, but cannot use pay-and-display parking machines
  • you struggle severely to plan or follow a journey
  • you find it difficult or impossible to control your actions
  • you often become extremely anxious or fearful of public / open spaces
  • you are applying for a child under 3 who either:
    • needs to be kept near a vehicle in case they need emergency medical treatment
    • has bulky medical equipment which is difficult to carry around
  • you are an organisation who either:
    • transports people who need a Blue Badge
    • cares for or helps people who need a Blue Badge

You will need to give evidence and more information about your condition. We will then make a decision if you are eligible for a Blue Badge.

Next page: What evidence you'll need if you are automatically eligible

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