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Apply for, renew or amend a Blue Badge


This page explains how to apply for, renew or amend a Blue Badge. It also explains how to replace a lost or stolen Blue Badge. The quickest and easiest way to do this is online.

Please be aware - some websites will offer to help you with your Blue Badge application but they may charge you an additional fee. You can apply using the official Gov.uk: apply for or renew a Blue Badge website where you will not be charged any fees other than the cost of your Blue Badge.

Individual Blue Badge permits cost £10. It can take up to six weeks to process a Blue Badge application. To ensure there are no delays, please provide full and correct information with your initial application.

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge online

Step 1: Follow the step by step application process to apply for or renew a Blue Badge online.

Step 2: You'll receive a confirmation email which lists the information you must provide to support your application. These documents must be sent to us by email to bluebadgescheme@durham.gov.uk or through the post. We cannot process your application until we receive all documentation. 

Step 3: Gov.uk will send your application to us to make a decision on your eligibility. 

Step 4: When you receive confirmation that you qualify, pay for your Blue Badge online. Individual permits cost £10.

Step 5: Your Blue Badge will be sent to you 10 to 12 working days after receipt of payment.

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge by post

Step 1: Download and print the relevant application form and guidance notes. Or, collect a form from one of our customer access points. Return your completed application form together with the relevant supporting information to us.

Step 2: We will make a decision on your eligibility. 

Step 3: When you receive confirmation that you qualify, pay for your Blue Badge permit. Either:

  • Pay for your Blue Badge online.
  • Pay by debit or credit card  - contact us on our 24 hour automated telephone line (you'll need your debit or credit card, your unique eight digit Blue Badge reference number and a pen and paper to note your receipt number).
  • Send a cheque payable to Durham County Council for £10.

Step 4: Your Blue Badge will be sent to you 10 to 12 working days after receipt of payment.

Please note, if you have renewed your blue badge, your new badge is only valid from the date stated on it. You must not use your new blue badge until your old one has expired. If you display a badge with an invalid date, you may be fined.

If your application is turned down

If we decide you're not eligible, we will tell you why. You can ask us to reconsider your case if you don't think all the important information you provided was taken into account. You must do this within 28 days of the decision being made.

You can also re-apply if your mobility problems become more serious.

Fast-track applications

If a new application is received from a Macmillan nurse, district nurse or GP, because someone is terminally ill, we will fast-track the application. In this instance no fee or photograph is required.

Replace a lost or stolen Blue Badge

If your badge is lost or stolen you must report this to the police and get a crime reference number before you can get a replacement Blue Badge.

Follow the step by step process to report a lost or stolen Blue Badge online at Gov.uk: report a lost or stolen Blue Badge

Or, print and complete the  Icon for pdf Replacement Blue Badge application form (PDF, 162.3kb) . Return the application form to the address included on the form, with:

  • a cheque payable to Durham County Council for £10.
  • a new passport photo for the replacement badge.

Change the details on your Blue Badge

Step 1: Follow the step by step application process to change the details on your Blue Badge online at Gov.uk: apply to change the details on your Blue Badge.  which clearly sets out what information you must provide to support your application.

Step2: Gov.uk will send your application to us.

Step 3: When you receive confirmation of your changes, pay for your Blue Badge online. Individual permits cost £10.

Step 4: Your Blue Badge will be sent to you five to seven working days after payment.

Contact us
Blue Badge Scheme
03000 269 425
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • PO Box 115
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 9BX

24 hour payment line
0300 456 2771
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