The process for applying for a new badge and renewing an old one is almost the same and is all done through the same form. We just need your current badge details for any renewals.
The Department for Transport doesn't allow us to issue badges for any longer than 3 years. So even if you have an enduring condition, you will still need to renew your badge every 3 years.
We don't process applications from residents outside of Dorset or from Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole
Applying or renewing for yourself, or on behalf of someone
Before you start:
Check the eligibility criteria
If you automatically qualify, (for example, you receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the Higher Rate of Mobility), we won’t ask for any details about your conditions. To produce the badge, we will however ask you to supply...
- a photo or scan confirming the award
- a passport-style photo (unless you’re renewing, and you want to use your old one)
- and a payment of £10
If you don’t automatically qualify, we’ll need to ask for details about your condition, including information on treatments, healthcare professionals, and the specific problems you face. We’ll also ask you to supply...
- photos or scans of any relevant supporting documents that helps build a picture of your conditions (for example, prescriptions, diagnosis letters or correspondence from GPs, hospitals or healthcare professionals)
Please have these things ready to speed up your application.
Near the beginning of the form, we’ll explain how you can save the progress of your application if you need to, so you can return to it later.
Uploading documents, photos or making a payment
If you've already made an application, and we've asked you to provide any documents, or a photo, or a payment, you can do that here:
Applying on behalf of an organisation
Some organisations may be eligible if they care for and transport disabled people, who themselves meet the eligibility criteria for a badge.
Applying on behalf of a terminally ill patient
GPs and specialist nurses can submit a fast-track application on behalf of a terminally ill patient. Most surgeries have copies of these forms. To request an application form please email us.
Fast-track applications don't require a photo or payment. Once we receive the completed form from the GP or nurse, the badge will then be produced and sent to the patient's home address within seven working days.