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Apply for or renew a bus pass

Apply to your local council

Your local council deals with bus pass applications.

You can contact your local council to apply for a bus pass.

If you need to travel with a companion you'll need supporting evidence. This may be an award notice letter from the Department of Work and Pensions or a copy of your blind registration certificate.

How you can apply and how quickly it will take depends on each council.

The process is taking longer due to coronavirus. You should allow at least 4 weeks from applying to get your card.

You can also contact Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) if you live in some areas. It covers Glasgow and the Strathclyde area of the west of Scotland.

Renew and replace a bus pass

You can contact your local council to renew a bus pass. Or to replace one that has been lost, stolen or broken.

Post office

You can apply or renew at the post office in some local council areas.

Not all areas offer this service. You need to check this with your post office.

Other ways to apply

You can usually apply at:

  • some travel centres
  • some libraries
  • local council office

But many of these are closed right now due to coronavirus.

You need to contact your local council to see if you can apply in these places.

What you need to apply or renew your bus pass

When applying or renewing, you'll need:

  • a recent photograph
  • proof of age
  • proof of your current address

Help to apply

Your local council deals with bus pass applications.

You need to contact your local council for queries. For example things like:

  • where you can apply or renew your bus pass
  • problems applying
  • when you'll get your bus pass

If you live in the Glasgow and Strathclyde area you can also email SPT on freebus@spt.co.uk.

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