The Blue Badge scheme runs across the UK. It allows people with severe mobility issues, who have difficulty using public transport, additional parking rights. This helps people live independent lives by knowing that when they reach their destination, either as a passenger or driver that they will be able to park close to where they need to go. Please normally allow 4-6 weeks for processing a Blue Badge application.
However, please be aware that due to a high volume of applications there may be a delay in processing your application during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, Blue Badges due to expire have been extended until 31 December 2020. This means you can continue to use an expired Blue Badge in East Lothian between now and the end of the year. Please note this extension may not apply to use of Blue Badges in other local authority areas.
Who can apply
If you are unsure if you qualify, read our Blue Badge eligibility page.
Step 1 - Apply or renew a Blue Badge online
The quickest and easiest way to apply for a blue badge is on online.
What you will need to apply or renew online:
- Your National Insurance Number
- Your driving licence number (if you have one)
- The serial number, expiry date and local council on your current blue badge (if you have one)
- Card payment details to pay the £20 charge - (If your application is unsuccessful you will receive a full refund).
You will need to provide further details if you:
- use any mobility aids
- take any medication for your condition
- have had any treatments for your condition and the names of the healthcare professionals that have treated you.
You will also need supporting documentation:
- A passport style photograph
- Proof of residency (Utility bill, Council Tax statement etc. dated within the last 12 months)
- Proof of identity (Birth certificate, Passport, Driving licence, Marriage certificate)
- Evidence of benefits if you meet the automatic entitlement criteria (dated within the last 12 months).
An application can take up to 45 minutes to complete online.
Support to complete your application
You can ask a family member, friend, support group or carer to assist you or apply on your behalf.
If you are unable to apply online, an application form can be collected from your local library, completed application forms and supporting documentation can be returned to your local library and staff can email to the Blue Badge Team for processing.
The following libraries are open (opening times can be checked here)
- Port Seton
- North Berwick
Card payments can only be made at the following libraries at this time: Musselburgh, Tranent, Haddington, North Berwick, Dunbar and Prestonpans.
Blue Badge renewal
We are no longer sending out renewal notifications via post. These will be sent via email or text, please include this contact information in your application.
Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing a Blue Badge application.
Step 2 - Pay for your application
The cost of a blue badge is currently £20, Payments can be made by credit or debit cards. The card holder does not need to be the applicant.
Your application cannot be completed until full payment is received. If your application is unsuccessful you will receive a full refund.
Step 3 - Send supporting documentation
Whilst applying online, if you have been unable to upload a passport-sized photograph, you will need to provide this.
Email photographs (you can also send a smart phone image), scans of all relevant supporting documentation (detailed above) and evidence of your benefits if applicable.
You must include your BBIS tracking reference which can be found in your confirmation email when you applied.
You can also post photocopies of your supporting documents to the Blue Badge team.
Please only send copies, do not send the originals.