How to renew your Blue Badge

Carlton Boyce / 09 December 2015 ( 06 January 2017 )

The Blue Badge is a vital part of the disabled driver’s armoury, so it’s vital to renew yours on time. Our guide on how to renew your Blue Badge is packed with links and tips to help you do just that!

How long does a Blue Badge last for?

A Blue Badge lasts for a maximum of three years. After that time it will need to be renewed or it will lapse.

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How do I renew my Blue Badge?

If you live in England or Wales you can renew your Blue Badge online via the GOV.UK portal.

To renew it you’ll need the following:

  • Details of your current Blue Badge.

  • A digital photo.

  • Your National Insurance number.

  • Proof of identification.

  • Proof of residency.

As with all electronic forms, we’d recommend saving your application at regular intervals to make sure you don’t lose it all if there is a problem! It is also worth keeping a separate note of any reference numbers, just in case…

If you live in Scotland you need to apply via the Blue Badge Scheme in Scotland. Those living in Northern Ireland must apply via N.I. Direct.

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How long does it take to renew?

The average waiting time for a renewal to be processed is four to six weeks. This means you should apply for your new Blue Badge six weeks before it is due to expire. Most councils suggest there is no need to apply any earlier than this.

You can find out which local council will assess your application and issue your Blue Badge by clicking here.

Can I check the progress of my application?

Yes, if you are worried about the progress of your application you can track it via the GOV.UK portal.

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Will my Blue Badge definitely be renewed?

If your condition remains the same then, yes, your application should be renewed.

However, this isn’t guaranteed, and if it is rejected you will need to appeal against the decision.

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