If you are blind or have severe mobility problems you may be eligible for parking and other motoring concessions under the national Blue Badge scheme. There is no charge for a Blue Badge.


What a Blue Badge permit allows you to do

In Merton, Blue Badge holders can park free of charge in any disabled parking bay, pay and display, shared use bay or permit holder bay for an unlimited period, unless there is signage saying otherwise. 

You can also park for up to 3 hours on single and double yellow lines, except where loading restrictions are in force. 

Residents with a Blue Badge may also apply for a resident permit free of charge. 


Apply or renew

Start now (GOV.UK website)

You can also track the progress or cancel an existing application.

You will need:

  • National Insurance number
  • a passport photo
  • driving licence number, if you have one
  • details of your current Blue Badge, if you have one

Applications can take up to eight weeks to process once we receive all the documents. 

Apply for a new Blue Badge at least two months before your old one is due to expire.


Report a lost or stolen badge

Please contact us if your Blue Badge has been lost, stolen or damaged.

If your badge was stolen, you’ll need a crime reference number. 

Email: concessionarytravel@merton.gov.uk


Report a change

If your address, name or entitlement have changed then you need to tell us.

Email: concessionarytravel@merton.gov.uk


Who can get a Blue Badge

You can apply for a Blue Badge if at least one of the following is true:

  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance.
  • You receive a Personal Independence Payment scoring 8 points or more under the 'moving around' activity of the mobility component.
  • You are registered blind.
  • You have a severe disability in both upper limbs, regularly drive a motor vehicle but cannot turn the steering wheel of a motor vehicle by hand even if that wheel is fitted with a turning knob.
  • You have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking. In this case you may be asked to answer a series of questions to help us determine whether you are eligible for a badge. People with a psychological disorder will not normally qualify unless their impairment causes very considerable, and not intermittent, difficulty in walking.


Your rights and responsibilities

Rights and responsibilities for Blue Badge holders (GOV.UK)