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Blue Badge: How to apply or renew

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 be 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

How to apply or renew

Applying online is the quickest way to apply for or renew your Blue Badge.

You can apply for or renew a Blue Badge on the GOV.UK website.

GOV.UK: Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

What you'll need

You'll need a recent digital photo showing your head and shoulders.

You'll also need a photo or scan of your:

  • proof of identity (such as a birth certificate, passport or driving licence, marriage or civil partnership certificate, divorce or dissolution certificate)
  • proof of address (such as a Council Tax bill, a government letter, driving licence, a recent letter from a school if you are under 16)
  • proof of benefits (if you get any)

You'll also need to know:

  • your email address (if you have one)
  • your national insurance number (if you have one)
  • the details of your current Blue Badge (if you're renewing)

You can save and return to your application at a later date if you need to.

Help with applying online

If you are unsure about using a computer, the following places can help you with getting online, filling in the form and taking your digital photograph:

Free computer access

If you already have an email address and you are able to use a computer, but don't have access to one, you can go to the following places and use our equipment to complete your online application:

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by post if you live in South Tyneside.

You need to check if you are eligible before you apply.

Apply by post - automatically eligible103.06KB

Apply by post - not automatically eligible126.44KB

Print the form and post it to Let's Talk Blue Badges, Clarendon, Windmill Way, Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, NE31 1AT.

You will also need to send photocopies of your documents - please don't send original copies as we may not be able to return them.

We cannot process your application until we receive all of your documents.

You can also collect a printed form from South Shields Town Hall or Jarrow Town Hall, or phone the Customer Contact Centre on 0191 427 7000, who will tell you whether you are eligible and send you the form in the post.

If you want to email your information, this must be done securely. Before sending any of your personal information please email and we'll send you a secure link.

Next page: If your application is approved / refused

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