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Free bus passes for senior residents

Free bus passes for senior residents

General information

Bus passes can be used on:

  • Buses boarded within Wokingham Borough from 9am Monday to Friday
  • Any registered local bus service in England
  • From 9.30am to 11pm Monday to Friday
  • All day at weekends and bank holidays
  • Our park and ride services- at Winnersh Triangle and Mereoak park and ride. You may need to buy a parking ticket, available from the bus driver
  • ReadiBus services: for people with restricted mobility – visit the Readibus website to register
  • Local volunteer driver services providing transport to medical appointments:

You can get a free bus pass when you reach the State Pension age. Use the pension age calculator on the Gov.uk website to find out if you are eligible.

You can apply for a bus pass online up to two weeks before you reach the qualifying age. Applications submitted via email or post can only be processed once you reach the qualifying age so please take this into consideration if sending your application in advance.

Document checklist

Make sure you have the following documents ready before you apply:

1. Proof of date of birth

Please provide one of the following:

  • Birth / adoption certificate (along with deed poll / marriage certificate if name has changed)
  • Current passport - the identification page. If your passport is not an EU passport, a copy of the visa page is also required
  • Current driving licence – the counterpart of a driving licence is no longer a valid proof of identity
  • Printed prescription showing your date of birth

2. Proof of address

Please provide one of the following:

  • Council Tax / utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Driving licence

3. Recent colour photograph (passport size)

If you have a webcam you can take a photo via the online application.

You can apply for your bus pass online

Alternatively print and complete the bus pass application form (PDF document) and send it to us, along with your documents, by email or post:

We accept copies of documents. If you send in original documents they will be returned to you by standard post unless a pre-paid return envelope is provided.

If you cannot travel alone due to a disability you could qualify for a companion bus pass. Read the free bus pass for disabled residents page for more details.

There is a charge of £6.50 for a replacement bus pass, unless your pass was stolen and you can supply a crime reference number.

You will receive a letter when your bus pass is about to expire. You will need the unique code from the letter in order to renew your bus pass.

If your address has changed since your last application, you will need to provide proof of your new address.

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