Blue badges and parking for disabled people

If you have a disability, a Blue Badge allows you to use designated parking spaces and park in paid parking zones for longer periods of time. Blue Badge holders can be either the driver or the passenger of the vehicle.

Blue Badges belong to the person with a disability and must not be used by anyone other than the person with a disability.

Who can get a Blue Badge?

You are automatically eligible if you:

  • are severely sight impaired or blind
  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have scored 8 points or more in the ‘moving around’ area of your assessment
  • receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have scored 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the “planning and following journeys” activity
  • receive the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • have received a lump sum benefit as part of the Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariffs 1 to 8), and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability
  • have been diagnosed as having a terminal illness (DS1500/SR1)

You may be eligible if you:

  • drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty operating, all or some types of parking meter
  • have a permanent and substantial disability which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult
  • have a non-visible (hidden) condition; find out more about the criteria
  • have children under the age of three, who have a disability due to a medical condition and need to travel with bulky medical equipment for example a ventilator, suction machine or oxygen equipment or be close to a vehicle in case they need emergency medical treatment
  • represent an organisation which cares for disabled people who meet one of the criteria listed above

You will need to provide evidence to support your application. You may also need to attend an assessment.

Information you will need to provide when you apply for a Blue Badge

You will need to provide the following information when you apply for a Blue Badge:

  • proof of your address, dated in the last 12 months
  • proof of identity such as a passport, driving licence or Birth Certificate
  • a recent passport-standard photograph showing your face and shoulders
  • documents to prove that you are eligible for a Blue Badge

View a checklist of everything you may need in order to apply for a Blue Badge

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

Applications can be made online 24 hours a day. The online application allows you to upload your supporting documentation and pay the £10 fee. It can take up to 12 weeks from receipt of payment to process an application. At times, delays may be longer.

You can renew your Blue Badge up to two months before it expires. We recommend that you apply at least a month before the expiry date. You may still need to complete a full application. This is to check that you are still eligible and to make sure all your information is up to date.

You will need to set up a MyWirral account when you apply online. You can log into your account and check the progress of your application at any time.

It will normally take around 45 to 60 minutes to complete the Blue Badge application form. You can save it and come back to it again if you cannot complete it in one go.

We no longer need to see the person who the Blue Badge is for, unless they are asked to attend a mobility assessment later in the process.

To help us understand your needs, you will be asked some detailed questions about your disability. These are based on the guidance from the Department for Transport.  

Apply for a Blue Badge

Renew a Blue Badge

Please note - only enter the first 6 characters of your existing badge number when requested to when completing the online form below.

Renew a Blue Badge

What if I cannot apply online?

You can ask another person to apply on your behalf if you would struggle to make an online application yourself.

You can also call us on 0151 606 2005.

Blue Badge for organisations

A Blue Badge can be issued to an organisation that transports disabled people who, if they applied for a Blue Badge as individuals, would qualify in their own right.

It can only be used when transporting disabled people and must not be used for any other business.

A senior representative may apply online on behalf of an organisation. Applications can be made online 24 hours a day. The online application allows you to upload your supporting documentation and pay the relevant fee.

Blue Badge application form for an organisation

Lost, stolen or damaged Blue Badges

If your Blue Badge is lost, stolen or damaged you can apply for a replacement using the form below. A £10 fee will be payable.

Please be aware if you have already had a replacement within the award period of your existing badge, we are unable to issue you with a further Blue Badge unless there are exceptional circumstances.

If your Blue Badge is due to expire, or has expired, you should not apply for a replacement. You should instead apply or renew your Blue Badge online as explained above.

Replace a Blue Badge

Cancel a Blue Badge

If you are no longer eligible then you should cancel your Blue Badge. You can also do this on behalf of someone else.

Cancel a Blue Badge

Blue Badge policy

For more information on the council's Blue Badge Policy and Procedures please call us on 0151 606 2005.

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