Blue Badge

Apply for a Blue Badge

You can check eligibility for a Blue Badge and then make an application on the GOV.UK website.

Apply for a Blue Badge (GOV.UK) >>

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
  • proof of identification
  • proof of residency

Alternatively, you can download the Blue Badge application form and return the completed form with your documents to:

Car Badges
Central Bedfordshire Council
Watling House
High Street North

You will need to send two recent passport style photographs with your full name written clearly on the back.

If you want a hard copy of the form, call us on 0300 300 8035 (Monday to Friday, 9am until 2pm) or email

How long are they valid for?

Standard blue badges last 3 years – unless awarded automatically based on a DLA/PIP award, with an expiry date within the 3 year period. You must to apply to renew it before it expires, and return the Blue Badge to the issuing authority if you no longer need it.


We charge a fee of £10 for all Blue Badges.

Applying for a new Blue Badge

The application process can take 8 to 10 weeks. Please complete all sections as incomplete applications will not be processed and therefore can cause a delay in the issuing of the Blue Badge. Applicants will be required to demonstrate eligibility and may be asked to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment if this is deemed to be appropriate. 

Current Blue Badge holders

Blue Badges cannot be renewed. It is the responsibility of the Blue Badge holder to apply for a new Blue Badge before their existing badge expires. Please see 'Applying for a new Blue Badge' above.