Blue Badge

The Blue Badge scheme helps you park nearer to your destination if you’re disabled.

You can apply for your first Blue Badge or renew your existing badge using the same form.

You can renew your badge if it expires in the next 8 to 12 weeks. Applications for badges expiring in over 12 weeks will be returned.

Apply online

Apply or renew now

For technical difficulties with completing the online form, please read the guidance notes.  If this does not resolve your technical query, call the national helpline on 0343 100 1000.

For all other enquiries, including retrieving your tracking reference number, contact us on 03000 416262 or email bluebadgeteam@kent.gov.uk.

After you apply

Change or cancel your application

Track your application

It can take 4 to 6 weeks to process your application. Please make sure your form is properly completed and you've sent us all the documents we need (see 'What to send').

Medway, Bromley or Bexley residents: please visit your local council's website.

Please be aware of Blue Badge scams where you may be charged £49 for an application. These websites are not associated with the Blue Badge service and the application form supplied by these websites is not accepted by local authorities. For more details please see our trading standards alert.

Apply by post

Download the Blue Badge form (PDF, 483.4 KB) or email us at bluebadgeteam@kent.gov.uk to ask for a form.

You can also apply for an organisational Blue Badge (PDF, 245.4 KB) if your organisation has vehicles which transport people who would individually be eligible for Blue Badges.

Blue Badges cost £10 whether it's your first one or you're renewing or replacing it.

If you apply online: pay by card.

If you apply by post: pay by cheque or call us to pay by card.

Paying by card is quickest and easiest.

Make cheques payable to Kent County Council.

Please be aware of Blue Badge scams where you may be charged £49 for an application. These websites are not associated with the Blue Badge service and the application form supplied by these websites is not accepted by local authorities. For more details please see our trading standards alert.

You can apply for yourself, for someone else or for your organisation.

Check eligibility

You automatically qualify if:

  • you receive higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • or you receive War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
  • or you receive Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) award, tariffs 1-8 and have been assessed by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) as having a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking
  • or you are registered as blind under the National Assistance Act 1948 (partially sighted people do not automatically qualify)
  • you receive 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

You may qualify if:

  • you have a child under 3 years old and need to transport bulky medical equipment for urgent treatment, or always be near a vehicle so they can be treated or driven to a place for treatment for a permanent illness
  • or you drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and can't work or have considerable difficulty working parking meters
  • or have a permanent and substantial disability which affects your mobility and means you have considerable difficulty in walking.

Mobility assessment

We may ask you to come to an independent mobility assessment if we can't decide based on your application. It is just to assess your mobility, not your general health. It's free and carried out by a qualified professional.

Hospice patients

If you are receiving treatment from a hospice, they should use their official stamp on the address section of the form so we can prioritise the application.

Contact your hospice for more information.

If you apply online you'll receive an email with a reference number. Print it off and send it with your documents or write the number on a covering letter.

Send us:

  • 1 recent passport size photograph (taken in the last 6 months). Please make sure your photo conforms to standard passport photo rules.
  • a copy of a document confirming your address, dated within the last 12 months
  • a copy of a document proving your identity
  • proof of any benefit that means you qualify automatically
  • recent medical evidence of your disability
  • a cheque or postal order for £10 made payable to Kent County Council (if you haven't paid online or by phone).

There's more detail on the application form about which documents to send.

Send your documents by email or by post to:

  • bluebadgeteam@kent.gov.uk
  • The Blue Badge Service, Kent County Council Contact Centre, Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XX

If you don't have the documents

Email us at bluebadgeteam@kent.gov.uk and we can discuss things with you.

Postage

Your application will be sent back to you if you don't pay enough postage.

  • Only you can use your Blue Badge. You are responsible for it.
  • Make sure it's displayed properly so people can see it.
  • It is illegal to use your badge after its expiry date.
  • You may be fined up to £1000 or lose your badge if you don't stick to the law.

Find out more about your rights and responsibilities when using your badge.

Report misuse of a Blue Badge.

Parking

Contact your district council to find local disabled car parking facilities.

Abroad

You can use your Blue Badge in all European countries and make use of the same parking concessions as the country's own citizens with disability.

Holders and parking clocks

Order form for holders and parking clocks (PDF, 144.8 KB)

Blue Badge holders, tax disc holders and parking clocks all cost £2.50.

Ticketless parking trial in the Canterbury area

The six month trial of ticketless parking at Pound Lane, William Street, Middle Wall and Castle Street multi-storey car parks in Canterbury ended in October 2016. Canterbury City Council are leaving the cameras and barriers in place while they carry out a full evaluation of the trial. If you are an account holder, you will continue to pay for your parking automatically. Non-account holders can continue to pay by contactless, credit/debit card or cash. Blue Badge holders will have to pay for parking in these 4 car parks whilst the system is in place.

Canterbury City Council will continue to provide dedicated bays and other local car parks will continue to offer free parking for Blue Badge holders for up to three hours.

For more information, visit the Canterbury City Council website.

Lost

Fill in the replacement form (PDF, 208.7 KB) and send it back to us with the required documents. There's more detail on the application form about which documents to send.

Send your form and documents by email or by post to:

  • bluebadgeteam@kent.gov.uk
  • The Blue Badge Service, Kent County Council Contact Centre, Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XX

If you don't have some of the details or documents, email us and we can discuss things with you.

Stolen

Report it to the police, who'll give you a crime number.

Then fill in the replacement form (PDF, 208.7 KB) and send it back to us as above.

Returning a Blue Badge

If the Blue Badge is no longer needed, for example if the badge holder has died, you can:

  • hand in the Blue Badge when you register the death, or
  • return the Blue Badge to The Blue Badge Service, Kent County Council Contact Centre, Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XX.

Faded badge or name change

Fill in the replacement form (PDF, 208.7 KB) and send it back to us as above.

Cost

Replacements cost £10.

Found pass

If you have found a lost Blue Badge please: