Applying for and renewing a blue badge
Last updated: 18/12/2013
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The information on this page tells you how to apply for or renew
a blue badge.
Getting an application form and guidance about applying for a
You can download and print off the blue badge
application form and guidance notes. You can also request one
by ringing Shared Services on 0300 1234 121 or emailing them at
or you can ask for one at your local One Stop Shop.
Returning your completed application form
You should complete the form and return it in person to your
local One Stop
Shop. You can find the one stop shop nearest to you using the
Or you can return it by post to:
Threemilestone Industrial Estate
Truro PO Box 676
You should enclose:
- £10.00 (cheques to be made payable to Cornwall Council) or call
0300 1234 121 to make payment over the phone.
- 1 passport size photo (Any suitable full face photographs
cut down to approximately to 5cm wide by 6cm long can be used. You
should write your name on the back and complete Sections 7(a) and
7(d) of the application form to confirm the photo is a true
- Any supporting documents requested on the form. The documents
should be current – dated within three years of the date that you
are applying for badge. Proof of address documents should be dated
within the last twelve months.
A new badge design was introduced in January 2012 as part
of the UK Government’s reform to reduce fraud and abuse of the
scheme. This means that badges for successful applicants will be
issued from a nationwide supplier.
New guidance issued by the Department of Transport requires
identity checks to be carried out before badges can be issued so
please ensure you send in the relevant documentation. Please refer
to the guidance at the end of the form to help you complete your
application. Any missing information from your application could
cause further delays.
In the event of your application being unsuccessful, there is an
You can also apply
for a Blue Badge online on the Direct.gov website but
you will still need to pay the fee to Cornwall Council.
Renewing your blue badge
The Disabled Parking Badge is normally valid for three years
from the date of issue. However if you are in receipt of Mobility
Allowance, the higher rate mobility component of the Disability
Living Allowance or War Pensioners Mobility Supplement and your
benefit has been awarded for less than three years, your blue badge
will expire on the same date as your benefit.
You need to fill in a new application form and pay another
£10.00 fee every time you renew your badge. Please follow the
instructions given above for applying for a blue badge.
We need to receive your application at least four weeks
before your badge is due to expire, to give us time to consider
Please be aware that as the badges are issued by a nationwide
supplier they can take an extra 2 weeks to be processed and
Applying for or renewing a badge might mean completing a
different application form to one you may have completed
before. This may also involve providing different information
so that your local authority can process your application more
effectively and take an informed decision about whether or not you
need to have a mobility assessment.
If your application is successful, your new badge will be sent
to you approximately one week before the expiry of your current
What do I do if my blue badge is lost, stolen or
Where a badge has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or has become
so damaged/faded that it is illegible, a replacement badge can be
issued. You will also need to submit one photograph and a
£10.00 fee (cheques made payable to Cornwall Council).
Please note that:
- If the original badge has less than six months until it
expires, a new application
form should also be completed.
- If the original badge has more than six months until it
expires, you should write in to the local one stop shop asking
for a replacement and advising of the reasons why it is
- In the case of lost or stolen badges you will need to file with
the police that your badge has been lost or stolen, and then
provide us with the police crime report number.
- In the case of faded or damaged badges, the existing badge
should be returned.
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