Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

If you're disabled, have severe mobility problems and have difficulty using public transport, you may qualify for a Blue Badge, which lasts for three years. This also includes people with hidden disabilities including autism and severe mental health conditions.

It's a way you can park close to your destination and travel independently.

We administer the Blue Badge parking scheme for disabled residents in Herefordshire. We assess applicants in line with the Department for Transport's national guidance and legislation.

How to apply for or renew a Blue Badge

It's easy to apply or renew online using the government's website, GOV.UK. The government has produced a video to show you how:

A Blue Badge costs £10. There's a concession if you receive certain Armed Forces benefits.

Have your supporting documents ready. You can upload your documents and photo when you complete your application.

If you are renewing your badge, we suggest you apply at least eight weeks before it is due to expire.

If you need support with completing your application we can help with this.

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge on GOV.UK

If you can't upload your documents

When completing the online application if you are unable to upload your documents, you can select 'I can't upload a photo or scan' then continue without uploading. You can do this for all sections that ask you to upload. You can then submit your application and email the documents to us at bluebadge@herefordshire.gov.uk or post them to us at Hereford Customer Services, Blue Badge, Blueschool Street, Hereford HR1 2LX.

Evidence you will need to provide

With your application, you will need:

  • An up to date passport sized photograph
  • One proof of your address (see list on application form)
  • One proof of your identity (see list on application form)
  • Proof of your automatic eligibility if applying under the eligible without further assessment criteria (see list on application form)
  • Any supporting evidence that would assist the assessment for non-automatic applications if applying under the 'eligible subject to further assessment' criteria. This could be a hospital discharge letter, hospital letters confirming clinics you attend, prescriptions lists or any other documents you feel would support your need for a badge. You can ask for a GP medical summary on your NHS App or contact your surgery and the receptionist can organise this to be sent to you. A GP medical summary is always helpful when determining Blue Badge eligibility

Support with completing your application

If you need help completing the application please book an appointment with our customer service team or call 01432 260433. All appointments are at Hereford Customer Services, Blueschool Street, Hereford.

Paying for a Blue Badge

If your application is approved, we will send you a payment link via email or call you and take a card payment.

What happens next

We will issue the badge within two weeks of receiving your completed application, provided we have all the supporting documents required and we have determined you clearly meet the criteria set out by the Department for Transport.

If you do not meet the criteria and we need further evidence, your application will be referred for assessment. This can take up to eight weeks.

If you have not completed or provided further information, we will contact you and allow you one month to provide it. If you do not provide the information requested within this timescale, we will cancel your application and ask you to resubmit a new one.

Armed Forces concession

Herefordshire Council has signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledging that we will endeavour to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that serving personnel, reservists and military families bring to the authority.

If you receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement or you have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability, which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking, we will issue your Blue Badge free of charge.

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