COVID-19 Guidance for safer travel
The Government has published advice for travel during COVID-19. This is available on the NI Direct website.
COVID-19 and motoring
The Government has published advice around vehicle and driver testing and licensing during COVID-19. This is available on the NI Direct website.
Blue Badge Applications and Renewals
Applications and renewals for the Blue Badge Scheme are still being processed during COVID-19. The advice is to use online application / renewal if at all possible. You can apply for or renew your Badge on the NI Direct website.
Postponements of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) Reassessments
The Department for Communities has suspended some PIP reassessments and are issuing six month extensions to awards. This may affect your Blue Badge renewal as the Department for Infrastructure will require evidence of the extension and can only issue the Badge for the 6 month extension. You will have to reapply for the Badge again once the PIP reassessment is completed.
There is an alternative option for applicants experiencing problems with their PIP award. This is to apply / renew your Badge under Section C1 (The Assessed Criteria). Badges issued under the assessed criteria will be valid for 3 years.
Getting photographs during COVID-19
People may have difficulties obtaining a recent photos during COVID-19. The Department for Infrastructure has introduced temporary measures to help people. These are:
- Transferring the photograph from a previous application to the new application
- Allowing the photograph to be taken using a phone or other device and forwarded by email to the Blue Badge team