From 5 February 2019 Blue Badges will be issued through the Blue Badge Digital Service by the Department for Transport.
The fee for a new badge or renewal is £20.00. A replacement badge is £11.35.
Any current badges will remain valid until their expiry dates. Badge holders are eligible to make an application within 6 weeks of the expiry date of their current badge.
While applications will still be processed through OIC Customer Services in Kirkwall and Stromness the cards will be produced centrally by Valtech Ltd, the company contracted by the Department for Transport 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 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 apply online or renew a Blue Badge, go to the Scottish Government Blue Badge Application page via the ‘Related Sites’ section and click on the link. Your application will then be sent to OIC for a decision.
For more information, telephone Orkney Islands Council’s Customer Services team on 01856873535 extension 2904 or 2905.
People are eligible ‘without further assessment’ if they are over the age of two and:
People are eligible ‘subject to further assessment’ if they fulfil one of the following:
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 whey they apply for a Blue Badge.
For any new or renewal applications from 5 February 2019, applicants will also be required to provide proof of identity and address.
The documents required when applying for a Blue Badge are:
To be eligible you must have a diagnosed mental health, cognitive or behavioural condition.
This includes any mental health problem, personality disorder or learning disability, however caused or manifested. Examples are Dementia, Autism or Down’s Syndrome.
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.