Applications may be made up to four weeks before your 65th birthday, but the SmartPass will only start working on your birthday. After filling out your form you must take it, in person, to your nearest Translink bus or rail station along with a countersigned passport-sized photograph and a choice of the following documents to prove your age and residency.
SmartPasses are only valid for five years. Check the expiry date on the front of your SmartPass to see when it will run out, as it cannot be used to get free travel after this date.
Around three months before each SmartPass expires, pass holders should get a letter explaining how to get a new pass. If your SmartPass is lost or stolen, you should report it to Translink as soon as possible to make sure the card is cancelled and avoid the likelihood of fraudulent use.
Your Freedom Pass works on all services operated by Transport for London. You can see which lines are included with your pass on the network map. You should be able to tap in with your Freedom Pass in a similar way to using an Oyster Card. Remember that not all rail services within London are included with your Freedom Pass, so you might be asked to pay for a ticket on some lines.
You can still use your pass on the Underground, Overground, bus or tram at any time. In some cases you will need a special travel product to travel at a discounted fare or you may travel completely free. Related content Find out about community transport services and Shopmobility Apply for a disabled person's bus pass.
Explore the topic Driving with medical conditions, Blue Badges and public transport if you're disabled Parking, public transport and the environment State Pension. Is this page useful? For further information, please check with your local authority. You have a mental health condition that is recognised under the Mental Health Care and Treatment Scotland Act and has lasted for more than a year.
You must need to travel to health or social care appointments as part of treatment activities, care or a rehabilitation programme. Your ability to travel must also be impaired. Please contact your Local Authority for advice on how and where to apply. If you have a learning disability and you need to travel to see a Support Worker or get to appointments or activities you will need to get a NCTa form.
Read our guide on how to apply You have a terminal illness. A DS report, hospice admittance letter or confirmation that you are registered on a Scottish hospice register is also acceptable. You have a progressive degenerative condition.
Conditions such as Parkinson's Disease that impede your mobility may entitle you to free bus travel. Any letter from a medical professional must clearly confirm these qualifying criteria otherwise it cannot be accepted. You have lost one or more limbs. If you have lost one or both legs, both arms or an arm and a leg you are entitled to free bus travel.
You are an injured veteran with mobility problems. See the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme page for more details. If you receive a War Pensioner Mobility Supplement you are also eligible.
The National Entitlement Card scheme also allows for free travel for companions when required. Companions can travel for free with all NEC holders that have this logo on their card.
Please note that companions must be aged 5 or over. Amputations Tariff Level Injury 1 Loss of both legs above or below knee and both arms above or below elbow. Neurological disorders, including spinal cord, head or brain injuries Tariff Level Injury 1 Spinal cord injury, at or above vertebra C3.
Senses Tariff Level Injury 1 Total deafness and loss of both eyes, or total deafness and total blindness in both eyes, or total deafness and loss of one eye and total blindness in the other eye. When you get your card Please check that the photograph and personal details on your new card are correct. Using the card Your card has been issued to give you free bus travel throughout Scotland under the concessionary travel scheme.
Full details of the NEC terms and conditions Travel using a National Entitlement Card is subject to the normal regulations and conditions of carriage of each transport operator.