According to the GOV.UK website, people with hidden disabilities can access Blue Badges for the first time from the 30th August, 2019. 

People with hidden disabilities, including anxiety disorders or a brain injury, can apply for a blue badge. 

The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued new guidance to councils in England on Blue Badge parking permit eligibility, along with a new online eligibility checker to make the scheme clearer for people before they apply. 

In the biggest change to Blue Badges since the 1970s, the DfT has been working with specialists to expand the eligibility criteria for the badges, which now includes people who cannot walk as part of a journey without considerable psychological distress or the risk of serious harm. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: 

"We know that for some people, the possibility of not being able to find a parking space can make even leaving the house a challenge, which is why the blue badge is so important. 

The scheme, which is already a lifeline for so many disabled people, will make a huge difference to those with non-visible conditions such as autism, dementia, Parkinson's and arthritis". 

To find out more information about the new Blue Badge scheme visit:

To apply for or renew your current blue badge visit: 

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge