The Blue Badge Scheme provides parking concessions nationally and across Europe for people with a permanent and substantial disability, whether that person is the driver or a passenger.

The holder of a Blue Badge is permitted to park in areas normally subject to restrictions to assist them to access healthcare, shops and other facilities.

Full details of eligibility criteria are included in the application form.

Further information can be found at the Blue Badge Scotland website.

Transport Scotland launched a pilot scheme on 01 April 2016 that extends the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme to people with a diagnosed mental disorder and/or cognitive impairment. For details, please see Blue Badge Scheme - Pilot - Extension to Eligibility or contact us on 01324 504750.


How to Apply

You can apply online at Blue Badge Scotland.

Alternatively, the Blue Badge application form is available for download:

Blue Badge application form

You can also get application forms from:


Frequently asked questions

  1. What are the criteria for a Blue Badge
  2. Which sections of the application form do I need to complete?
  3. I have been issued with a DS1500. Will I be required to attend an independent medical assessment?
  4. I have been asked to attend an independent medical assessment. Can I bring a relative or a friend with me?
  5. How long does it take to process a Blue Badge application?
  6. How much does a Blue Badge cost?
  7. Who can collect a Blue Badge when it is ready?
  8. My Blue Badge has been lost or stolen. Can I get a replacement?
  9. How do I renew my Blue Badge?
  10. How long does a Blue Badge last?
  11. Can I apply for a Blue Badge for a temporary medical condition?
  12. Can I use disabled parking bays with my Blue Badge?
  13. Can I park anywhere with my Blue Badge?
  14. Can someone else use my Blue Badge to run errands for me?
  15. Can I sit in the car while someone else goes into a shop for me?
  16. Can my Blue Badge be withdrawn if it is misused?
  17. Can I use my Blue Badge abroad?
  18. I have access to more than one vehicle. Can I have more than one Blue Badge?
  19. I am concerned about Blue Badge Abuse. Who should I report it to?
  20. What should I do with a Blue Badge if the holder has died?

What are the criteria for a Blue Badge

To qualify for a Blue Badge you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be receiving the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance.
  • Be registered as blind or severely sight impaired.
  • Be assessed as scoring at least eight points in the "Moving Around" portion of the Personal Independence Payment.
  • Be assessed as scoring 12 points in the "Planning and Following Journeys" portion of the Personal Independence Payment.
  • Be receiving the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement.
  • Be receiving benefit under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8).

If you do not meet the criteria above you may be required to attend an independent medical assessment to confirm that you are “unable to walk” or “virtually unable to walk”.


Which sections of the application form do I need to complete?

There are seven sections of the application form:

  1. Information about the applicant.
  2. Questions for "without further assessment" applicants.
  3. Questions for "subject to further assessment" applicants with walking difficulties.
  4. Questions for "subject to further assessment" applicants with a disability in both arms.
  5. Questions for "subject to further assessment" applicants under the age of three.
  6. Applying for an Organisational Blue Badge.
  7. Declarations and signatures.
  • If you are applying for a Blue Badge and meet one of the six criteria listed in "What are the criteria for a Blue Badge" above - complete sections 1, 2 and 7 of the form.
  • If you are applying for a Blue Badge because you are "unable to walk" or "virtually unable to walk" and do not meet one of the six criteria listed in "What are the criteria for a Blue Badge" above - complete sections 1, 3 and 7 of the form.
  • If you are applying for a Blue Badge because you have a disability on both arms and are unable to, or having difficultly operating parking meters - complete sections 1, 4 and 7 of the form.
  • If you are applying for a Blue Badge for a child under the age of three who requires the use of bulky equipment or who has a condition that requires them to be near a motor vehicle so that they can be treated in the vehicle or driven to a place to receive treatment - complete sections 1, 5 and 7 of the form.
  • If you are applying for an organisational Blue Badge - complete sections 1, 6 and 7 of the form.

I have been issued with a DS1500. Will I be required to attend an independent medical assessment?

If you have sent a copy of the DS1500 with your application, you will not be required to attend an independent medical assessment.


I have been asked to attend an independent medical assessment. Can I bring a relative or a friend with me?

Yes, you can bring one relative or friend with you.


How long does it take to process a Blue Badge application?

It can take up to six weeks for a Blue Badge application to be processed.


How much does a Blue Badge cost?

A Blue Badge costs £20.


Who can collect a Blue Badge when it is ready?

Only the applicant can collect a Blue Badge. The only exception is when the applicant is terminally ill and has been issued with a DS1500. In this case, the Blue Badge will be posted to the applicant.


My Blue Badge has been lost or stolen. Can I get a replacement?

Yes, please call 01324 504750.

If your Blue Badge has been stolen, you will need a crime reference number to get a replacement. 

There is a £10 charge for a replacement Blue Badge and the replacement will have the same expiry date as the original.


How do I renew my Blue Badge?

A Blue Badge cannot be renewed - you must apply for a new one. Please apply at least six weeks before your current Blue Badge runs out.


How long does a Blue Badge last?

Blue Badges can be valid for up to three years. If you receive Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, the Blue Badge will be issued to the end of your current award. For example, if your Disability Living Allowance award is for two years, your Blue Badge will be issued for two years.


Can I apply for a Blue Badge for a temporary medical condition?

A Blue Badge will not be issued for temporary medical conditions that are expected to last for less than one year.


Can I use disabled parking bays with my Blue Badge?

Yes, you can use any marked disabled parking bay with your Blue Badge.


Can I park anywhere with my Blue Badge?

A leaflet with information about where you can and cannot park is sent to successful applicants.


Can someone else use my Blue Badge to run errands for me?

No. It is a criminal offence to allow someone else to use your Blue Badge.


Can I sit in the car while someone else goes into a shop for me?

No. It is a criminal offence to sit in the car using the Blue Badge for parking concessions whilst an able-bodied person goes into a shop (or other premises) for you.


Can my Blue Badge be withdrawn if it is misused?

Yes. This includes misuse of your Blue Badge by someone else.


Can I use my Blue Badge abroad?

The Blue Badge can be used in other European Union member states and some other countries around the world. It is important to check the rules of the country that you are travelling to.


I have access to more than one vehicle. Can I have more than one Blue Badge?

No. It is your responsibility to move your Blue Badge between vehicles.


I am concerned about Blue Badge Abuse. Who should I report it to?

If you have concerns about Blue Badge misuse, please contact Police Scotland on 101.


What should I do with a Blue Badge if the holder has died?

When a Blue Badge holder dies, the Blue Badge should be returned to Falkirk Council.