Blue Badge Scheme
This is a national scheme intended to allow those with the most severe mobility issues park close to amenities which they would otherwise be unable to access without great difficulty.
- How do I apply?
- What documents are required with my application?
- My badge is due to expire, how do I reapply?
- Do I qualify for a badge?
- Will I have to pay for a badge?
- How long will it take me to get my badge?
- How long does the badge last?
- You may apply online at www.bluebadgescotland.org/
- By completing a paper application form available at any council access point and Moray Resource Centre. You may also download and print an application (PDF).
The Blue Badge Team, Moray Resource Centre, Maisondieu Road, Elgin, IV30 1RX.
All applications must be accompanied by the following three items:
1 Proof of identity
A certified photocopy of one of the following:
- Birth/adoption certificate
- Marriage/divorce certificate
- Civil partnership/dissolution certificate
- Valid driving licence
This must be certified by someone other than your partner or family member, who has known you for a minimum of two years and is over the age of 18. It must contain the words “This copy is a true likeness of the original” with their signature beside it.
2 Proof of address
An original Council Tax bill showing your name and address. This will be checked against Council Tax records or the electoral register, or the school records in the case of someone under the age of 16.
You can tick the consent box on the application form giving the Blue Badge team permission to check your details against the Council Tax database.
A passport style photograph showing your full face, you’re your name printed on the back.
If you are applying under the ‘no further assessment’ rules (see, Do I qualify for a badge?) you will also need to submit one of the following:
- An award notice issued in the last 12 months from the Pension Disability and Carers Service (PDCS) stating your entitlement to the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
- An award notice issued in the last 12 months from the Pension Disability and Carers Service (PDCS) stating your entitlement to the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment Award (PIP) for ‘Moving Around’ at 8 points or more or for ‘Planning and Following journeys’ at 12 points
- A certificate of blindness or defective vision (BPI3R) or a certificate of visual impairment (CVI), signed by a consultant ophthalmologist, which states that you are blind/severely sight impaired.
- An original proof of entitlement letter from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency confirming you are in receipt of a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
- An original letter from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency confirming you receive a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive)
Moray Council will no longer send a reminder when your badge is due to run out, and it is therefore your responsibility to ensure you apply for a new badge in good time, as it is an offence to use an expired badge. We recommend that you submit your application six weeks prior to its expiry date, in the same manner and with the same documentation as a first time application. Please note you are making a new application and will be assessed for this in the way described in this booklet. Under the new rules, some people who previously qualified for a badge will not meet the criteria and will not have a new badge issued.
If you or the individual you are applying on behalf of are aged three or above, and you can answer yes to any of the questions below, you will automatically qualify for a badge under the ‘no further assessment’ rules:
- Do you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance and has this been awarded indefinitely?
- Do you receive the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment at 8 points or more in the ‘Moving Around’ activity or 12 points in the ‘Planning and Following Journeys’ activity?
- Are you registered as severely sight impaired (blind)?
- Do you receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility supplement?
- Do you receive a benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (compensation scheme)?
If you answered no to all of the above you may still qualify for a badge under the ‘subject to further assessment’ criteria. In order to qualify you will have to demonstrate you meet one of the statements below:
- I have a permanent and substantial disability which means I am unable to walk or virtually unable to walk.
- I have a temporary, but substantial disability which means I am unable to walk or virtually unable to walk which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months but less than three years
- I drive a motor vehicle regularly and have a severe disability in both arms, making it very difficult or impossible to operate parking meters.
It will take from four to six weeks to process your application for a badge. If your application is approved, your badge will be posted out to you by the Blue Badge Improvement Service (BBIS) along with the ‘Rights and Responsibilities of a Blue Badge Holder’ booklet.
Moray Resource Centre