Blue Badges

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: Why do I need to apply on line?

Answer: Your application will be registered on our Blue Badge system automatically, this will enable us to start dealing with your application as soon as possible.

You will be advised of the proofs and payment that you need to send us to support your application.

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Question: Do the changes announced in the media enable me to apply for a blue badge due to a non physical disability?

Answer: The Department for transport are undertaking a consultation to consider extending the Blue badge scheme to those with non-physical disabilities as they feel there is some confusion regarding the wording used by the Department for Transport around “very considerable difficulty in walking”. .

We currently follow the legislation and the guidance and if a person wishes to apply for a blue badge they should use the current eligibility checker and if applying on the basis of a further assessment will be required to attend an Independent Mobility assessment in line with the current guidance unless it is self-evident the criteria are met.

Once any amended legislation is received it may be possible to consider applications without the need for an Independent Mobility assessment.




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Question: Do I need to own a car to apply for a Blue Badge?

Answer: There is no requirement for you to own a vehicle or be able to drive one. The badge is personal to you and can be used in any vehicle in which you are travelling either as driver or passenger.



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Question: Do I qualify for a Blue Badge for my temporary disability (e.g. broken leg,)?

Answer: Some badges may be granted for a short term if you are in receipt of certain benefits.

To check if you may be eligible please use the entitlement checker at the following link.

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Question: Who is eligible for a Blue Badge?

Answer: Some people will have an automatic entitlement to a Badge and others may be eligible under the Discretionary Criteria.

To check if you may be eligible, please use the entitlement checker from the following link. - Related Link

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Question: How long will my new application take to process?

Answer: This depends on which category you have applied under.
If you have applied under any of the Section 2 categories (i.e. without further assessment) and if your paperwork is complete, the application process should take approximately 4 weeks.
If you have applied under any of the Section 3 categories (i.e. subject to further assessment), then your application could take approximately 6-8 weeks as you are likely to be referred to the Mobility Clinic at the People Matter IW Independent Living Centre, for a specialist assessment of your walking ability. These appointments are outside of the Council's control, so specific timescales are not possible.
For more information, please contact the blue badge team via e-mail blue.badge@iow.gov.uk or telephone 01983 823340.



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Question: Why have you sent a renewal letter for my Blue Badge and no application form?

Answer: The process for applying for a renewal badge is online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge.

Access to the internet is available at Ryde and Newport Help Centres, please see link below. Alternatively a family member, friend or carer can apply online on your behalf.

As part of the online form you will be advised of the proofs and payment that you need to send us to support your application. - Related Link

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Question: How do I apply for a Blue Badge?

Answer: You can apply through Direct Gov via the link below.

If you are unable to apply online an application form can be printed from our web page.

Alternatively, visit the 'Do it Online' tab to request an application




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Question: How do I renew a badge which was not issued on the Isle of Wight?

Answer: You need to contact the IW Council 3 months before your mainland badge expires. Please complete an online application - Related Link

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