Find out how to apply for a Blue Car Badge

The Blue Car Badge helps people with disabilities access essential community facilities.

Who is eligible for a Blue Badge?

You can check your eligibility for a Blue Badge by using the Blue Badge eligibility checker on GOV.UK.

Blue Badge eligibility checker

Please be aware that the eligibility criteria for the award of a blue badge is changing and will soon include some new criteria that will broaden the number of people who will be able to benefit from the blue badge scheme. Although a national decision has been taken to do this, individual issuing authorities have not yet been given a date from which the new criteria will be introduced. It is understood that work is underway that will facilitate the introduction of these changes and Sunderland is ready to begin using the new criteria as soon as it is nationally possible to do so. In the interim, please be aware that as these changes have not yet come into effect, all assessments will be assessed in accordance with current national criteria.

How to apply

To apply by telephone please contact our team on 0191 5205552.  The cost of a Blue Badge is £10.00.

Before you start

You'll need the following to apply for or renew your Blue Badge

  • the details of your current Blue Badge (if you have one)
  • a digital or signed photo
  • your National Insurance number
  • debit or credit card to make your payment (speak to one of our team if you don't have a debit or credit card)
  • Proof of your qualifying benefit, dated within the last 12 months (if applicable)

We will let you know if your application is successful during the telephone call.

After you apply

If your application is successful and once we have received your photograph, payment and proof of your qualifying benefit (if required), we will aim to process your application and get your Blue Badge posted to you within 15 working days.

With your Blue Badge you will receive a:

  • Blue Badge clock (if required)

  • Blue Badge booklet, which outlines your rights and responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder.

Reapplying for a Blue Badge

In most cases your Blue Badge is only valid for 3 years from the date of issue.

It is your responsibility to get in touch to reapply for your badge. You will be required to complete a new application.

We do not send renewal reminders and recommend that you contact us six weeks before your current badge expires.

We will not be held liable for any charges incurred relating to an expired or misused badge.

Any person using the Blue Badge after the expiry date will be committing an offence under section 94 Traffic Management Act 2004 and may be liable to prosecution, a fine and withdrawal of the Blue Badge.

If you do not renew your Blue Badge one month after it has expired, it will be de-registered from the scheme. If you still need a Blue Badge, you will need to apply for a new one.

Appeals and Complaints

All decisions are reached following strict guidelines in relation to the provision of the Blue Badge scheme set by the Department for Transport.

If your application is unsuccessful you will be notified during the telephone application.

You are entitled to request a review of your application outcome up to 28 days after the event

If you wish to appeal against the outcome of your assessment, you may do so by clearly stating the reasons why you feel your application should be reconsidered, including any relevant additional information or supporting evidence that would demonstrate you have a permanent and substantial disability which severely impacts upon your ability to mobilise over short distances.

Please also include:

  • Your reference number

  • Full name

  • Address

  • Date of Birth 

Submit your request by post or email to:

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you may not reapply for a Blue Badge for six months.

Alternatively if you wish to complain about the service you have received you may wish to contact our Complaints and feedback team.

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