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Guidelines for the Validation of Blue Badge Photographs

What is photograph validation

On 14 February 2011, Transport Minister Norman Baker, announced a programme of reforms to modernise the Blue Badge scheme in England. The measures that are outlined in the reforms are designed to tackle badge fraud and misuse, and to make the scheme fairer and more sustainable in the long term for those disabled people who most rely on it.

Guidance has been provided on the validation of photographs for Blue Badge applications and all photographs that are supplied, from both online and in-centre applications, will need to be verified as a true likeness of the person making the application.

The Government guidelines insist that all photographs are validated

In order to facilitate this service in the East Riding we have agreed to offer, for those who are unable to come to the Customer Service Centres to validate their photographs in person, a list of people who can validate photographs on behalf of others.


Who can have their photograph validated

This process is available for:

  1. those people who are applying for a badge for themselves, but are unable to attend the Customer Service Centre in person

  2. people making applications on behalf of someone else, who is unable to attend the Customer Service Centre in person.


Who can verify your photograph

Your countersignatory (the person validating your photograph) should live in the United Kingdom, and should not:

  • be related to you by birth or marriage
  • be in a personal relationship with you, or
  • live at the same address as you.

Below is a list of people who would be suitable as a countersignatory.

  • Accountant
  • Airline Pilot
  • Assurance agent of a recognised company
  • Bank/Building
  • society official
  • Barrister Chairman/Director of a limited company
  • Chiropodist
  • Councillor
  • Civil Servant
  • Dentist
  • Director/Manager/Personnel officer of a VAT registered company
  • Nursing/Care Home Manager (if person in nursing/care home)
  • Engineer
  • Financial Services worker – e.g.stockbroker/Insurance broker
  • Fire Service worker
  • Funeral Director
  • Insurance agent of a recognised company
  • Journalist
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Legal Secretary
  • Licensee of a public house
  • Local Government officer/worker
  • Manager/Personnel officer of a limited company
  • Member/associate of fellow of a professional body
  • Member of Parliament
  • Merchant
  • Navy officer
  • Minister of a recognised religion
  • Nurse (RGN or RMN)
  • Officer of the Armed Forces – active or retired
  • Optician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Paralegal
  • Person with Honours – i.e. OBE or MBE
  • Pharmacist Physiotherapist Police Officer
  • Post Office Official
  • Professional Photographer
  • President/Secretary of a recognised organisation
  • Salvation Army officer
  • Social Worker
  • Solicitor
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Trade Union officer
  • Travel Agent (qualified)
  • Valuer/Auctioneer Warrant
  • Officers/Chief
  • Petty officers

How should they validate the photograph?

The countersignatory should write the following statement on the back of the photograph:

‘I certify that this is a true likeness of (title and full name)’

They must add their signature and the date below this statement on the photograph.


Photograph specifications

The Government guidance states that:

  • photographs should be in colour
  • the permitted image types for the photograph are .JPG or .GIF (if uploading)
  • the maximum size of the image is 200kb.
  • the dimensions of the photograph on the badge will be 274 pixels (wide) x 354 pixels (high) @ 200dpi (depth of pixels per inch) - This equates to 1.37 inches (wide) by 1.77 inches (high) or 35mm (wide) by 45mm (high)


Please note: We need to ensure that the photograph provided is a ‘true likeness’ of the person applying for the badge, and is a clear image. It can be a new digital photograph, for example, taken by you, or from a physical photograph, such as those taken in a photograph booth, as long as it fits the above dimensions and has been taken in the last 6 months.

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