Eligibility checker for a Blue Badge | Oxfordshire County Council

Eligibility checker for a Blue Badge

Check online whether you’re eligible to qualify for a disabled parking badge.

You may qualify for a Blue Badge if any of the following apply.

 

You qualify if you are either:

  • Registered blind/severely sight impaired with your local authority.
  • You have a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI – previously known as the BD8 form) signed by a consultant ophthalmologist.

You do not qualify if you are partially sighted.

You qualify if you are:

  • In receipt of the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement. This is confirmed on the award letter from Veterans UK.

You don't qualify if you are:

  • In receipt of a War Disablement Pension without a mobility component.

You qualify if you are:

  • In receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component – this will be confirmed on the letter from the DWP.

You don't qualify if you are in receipt of:

  • Low or Middle Rate Mobility Component
  • the Care Component at any rate (unless they are also in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component)
  • Attendance Allowance at any rate
  • Pension Credit

You qualify if you are:

In receipt of a score of 8 points or more in the ‘moving around’ activity of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment. The award letter will describe the degree to which you can ‘move around’ – to qualify you must receive one of the following:

  • You can stand and then move around unaided more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres (8 points)
  • You can stand and then move using an aid or appliance more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres (10 points)
  • You can stand and then move more than 1 metre but no more than 20 metres either aided or unaided (12 points)
  • You cannot, aided or unaided, stand or move more than 1 metre (12 points)

You do not qualify if you:

Are in receipt of a score of 7 or less under the ‘moving around’ activity of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment.

Score on the ‘planning and following a journey’ activity of the Mobility Component (unless they are also in receipt a score of 8 points or more of the Mobility Component).

Are in receipt of the Daily Living Component of Personal Independence Payment (unless they are also in receipt a score of 8 points or more of the Mobility Component).

You qualify if you are:

Awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and certification of having a permanent and substantial difficulty which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

Your award letter from Veterans UK should confirm both of these criteria.

You don't qualify if you are:

Awarded a lump sum benefit at tariff 9 – 15 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme.

In receipt of a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme without certification of having a permanent and substantial difficulty which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

You qualify if you have:

A permanent and substantial difficulty that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

Being unable to walk means that you can't take a single step.

Considerable difficulty in walking is determined by considering the following:

  • excessive pain when walking or as a consequence of walking
  • breathlessness when walking or as a consequence of the effort of walking
  • the speed at which you can walk
  • the length of time you are able to walk for
  • the manner in which you walk
  • whether walking aids are used
  • your outdoor walking ability

Please note that no single factor determines eligibility but these factors are considered together.

You do not qualify if:

  • You have a temporary disability or intermittent mobility issues.
  • You have a behavioural or psychological disorder unless your impairment also causes considerable difficulty walking due to a physical condition.
  • You have a medical condition such as asthma, autism, psychological/behavioural problems, Crohn’s disease/incontinent conditions and myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.). If you have these conditions you will only qualify if in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance, or cannot walk, or have severe difficulty walking in addition to your condition.
  • You are frail due to old age unless they also have a permanent and substantial physical disability.
  • You are under 2 years old.
  • You require a wide parking bay to open the car door unless you are also unable to walk, or have severe difficulty walking in addition to your condition.
  • You struggle to get in or out of a vehicle unless you are also unable to walk, or have severe difficulty walking in addition to your condition.
  • You need access to facilities to manage bowel or bladder incontinence unless you are also unable to walk, or have severe difficulty walking in addition to your condition.
  • You struggle to carry shopping unless they are also unable to walk, or have severe difficulty walking in addition your condition.

Important information for anyone awaiting or recovering from surgery or treatment.

If you have had surgery within the past 3 months we won't consider your application unless surgery is not expected to have improved your walking ability.

If you are awaiting surgery or treatment, and expect this to improve your walking ability you should give the date you expect to have surgery on your application form.

You qualify if you:

Drive a vehicle regularly and have a permanent and severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter.

You don't qualify if you have:

  • a permanent and severe disability in both arms but don't drive a vehicle regularly
  • a permanent and severe disability in only one arm
  • a severe disability in both arms which is not permanent

You qualify if:

You have a specific medical condition which means that your child must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty.

You qualify if:

You have a specific medical condition which means that your child needs to kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can, if necessary, be treated in the vehicle or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated such as a hospital.

If you are someone who has been given a medical prognosis of less than a year to live, please speak to your MacMillan Nurse, hospice worker, specialist nurse, GP or Health Professional who will complete a form on your behalf. You do not have to complete an application.

If you don't qualify then find out about options for people with mobility problems on our accessible transport pages.

Last reviewed
22 March 2017
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