If you get certain benefits you’ll automatically be able to get a Blue Badge. The application will be straightforward.
It’s still worth applying if you’re not automatically eligible, but you’ll need to have very severe problems moving your legs or arms. The application will be more complicated, because you’ll have to describe your mobility problems in a lot of detail.
You don’t need to be able to drive to apply for a Blue Badge, unless you’re applying because of problems with your arms.
- are registered as blind
- get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and scored 8 points or more in the ‘moving around’ area of your assessment – check your decision letter if you’re not sure
- get War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
- received a lump sum payment as part of the Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariffs 1 to 8), and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability
If you are NOT automatically eligible, you might still be able to get a badge. You’ll have to fill in an extra part of the application to show why you need one.
You should do this if:
- you have problems walking that are permanent, or that your doctor says are likely to last at least a year
- you can’t use your arms
- you’re applying on behalf of a child aged over 2 who has problems walking, or a child under 3 who needs to be close to a vehicle because of a health condition
The charity Driving Mobility accredits a network of 20 independent driving assessment centres with over 70 outreach facilities, which provide guidance to drivers with restricted mobility. Service users either self-refer or are signposted for assessment from the DVLA, Motability, the Police or NHS – so the most appropriate means of driving can be recommended. For information on how to arrange an assessment, driving tuition or advice on any mobility related query, please contact your nearest Mobility Centre by clicking on this link – Find a Centre.
Vehicle tax exemption
- higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
You can only have one vehicle tax exemption at any one time.
To apply online or at the Post Office for your free vehicle tax, you will need a DLA404 Exemption Certificate which can be obtained by calling the DWP Helpline on 0345 7123456
VAT on WAV’s
All of our prices presume that the purchaser is entitled to the usual VAT exemption for disabled individuals.
VAT on Vehicle Repairs
- Lower rate
- Higher rate
People who claim the lower rate often need help with washing and dressing, and the higher rate reﬂects greater care needs during the day and night.