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Blue Badge Information

From January 1 2012, blue badges have been issued through the national Blue Badge Improvement Service (BBIS).

The fee for a new badge or renewal is £20.00 A replacement badge is £10.90

As part of the reforms, BBIS will also establish a single national database of badge holders and their key details.

This will enable quick and easy validity checks to be made anywhere in the country, and will help prevent multiple and fraudulent applications.

The new cards will also be harder wearing and difficult to counterfeit.

Any current blue badges will remain valid until their expiry dates – badge holders will not be required to make an application or payment until the date of renewal of their badge.

People renewing their badges, requesting a replacement or applying for a badge for the first time will no longer receive their badges the same day that they apply.

While applications will still be processed through OIC Customer Services in Kirkwall and Stromness, the cards will be produced centrally by Northgate, the company contracted by BBIS to run the new scheme, and issued by post.

OIC will still be responsible for verifying application forms, checking eligibility, making decisions on entitlement, taking payments, updating the national BBIS database and assisting applicants with any queries. 

You are now able to apply for or renew a Blue Badge online. To check your eligibility and fill in an online application form to apply for or renew a Blue Badge go to the Scottish Government Blue Badge Application page via the 'Related Sites' section. Your application will then be sent to OIC for a decision.

Eligibility criteria and mobility assessments under the new scheme will also change to help make the scheme fairer and more sustainable.

For more information, telephone Orkney Islands Council’s Customer Services team on 01856873535, extension 2903.

Eligibility Criteria

People are eligible ‘without further assessment’ if they are over the age of two and:

  • Receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance and/or.
  • Receive the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment.
  • Are registered blind and/or.
  • Receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement and/or.
  • Receive a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

People are eligible ‘subject to further assessment’ if they fulfill one of the following:

  • Are over the age of two and are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk because of a permanent and substantial disability.
  • Are over the age of two and have a temporary and substantial disability that means they are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk.
  • Regularly drive a car, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, a parking meter.
  • Are under the age of three and have a condition that requires that they be always accompanied by bulky medical equipment or that they be kept near a motor vehicle in case of need for emergency medical equipment.

People who are eligible ‘subject to further assessment’ will have their mobility needs assessed and some people may be referred for an Independent Mobility Assessment when they apply for a Blue Badge.

For any new or renewal applications from 1 January 2012, applicants will also be required to provide proof of identity and address.

The documents required when applying for a blue badge are:

  • Application form.
  •  Proof of Eligibility – if applying under ‘without further assessment’ (eg. letter from DWP).
  • 1 passport sized photo – must be recent and of passport quality.
  • Payment of £10.55 (£20.00 from 1 April 2017).
  • Proof of Address – e.g., Council Tax bill.
  • Proof of Identity – e.g., Birth certificate, Passport, Valid Driving Licence.

Mental Disorder / Cognitive Impairment Extension – 12 Month Pilot Scheme

People are eligible ‘subject to further assessment’ if they fulfill certain criteria as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others.

An application form is available in PDF format from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page and you can contact Customer Services if you need further assistance.

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