How to Renew Your Bus Pass online

  • Published 21.01.2024

If you’ve typed ‘renew bus pass online’ into Google or Bing, you’ve come to the right place! This article will tell you all you need to know about the process for renewing a bus pass online. Thankfully, although the process is slightly different depending where you live, it’s easy enough if you know where to look!

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How do I renew my buss pass?

When and how you need to renew a bus pass online depends on where you live and your local council. Helpfully, some local councils will automatically renew your bus pass online for you, meaning you don’t need to do anything. Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to live in a local council that does this. If your local council doesn’t renew your bus pass automatically, continue reading below.

If you’re still reading, the chances are you’ve been sent a reminder that your bus pass is due to expire. If this has happened to you, follow one of these steps:

  • If you live in England – follow this link to the Government website to check who your local council is. Simply put your postcode into the tool and then follow the link to your local council website. You can usually find the renewal of bus passes online in the travel or transport section of the local council website, so be sure to check there first.
  • If you live in London – click here for the older persons Freedom Pass or here for the disabled person’s Freedom Pass.
  • If you live in Scotland – you will need to apply for or renew your National Entitlement Card first. You can do this by following this link.
  • If you live in Wales – take a look at the Transport for Wales website to manage or renew your Welsh Concessionary Travel Card.
  • If you live in Northern Ireland – head over to the nidirect website for full details.

If your bus pass has been lost or stolen, you can still follow the relevant steps above and apply for a replacement.

What you will need for renewing a bus pass online

The specific requirements will vary slightly depending on where you live. However, you’re likely to need at least some of the following:

  • An email address
  • Proof of identity and date of birth, such as a passport or driving licence
  • Proof of address, for example a bank statement or utility bill dated within the last 3 months
  • Proof of your disability if you are applying for a disabled pass
  • Details of your old bus pass

The above list may not include everything you need for renewing an older persons bus pass online, but it’s a good start.

The two types of free bus pass

There are two types of free bus pass:

  • Older person’s bus pass – In England, you’re able to apply for an older person’s bus pass once you reach the age of 66 (current State Pension Age), meaning you can travel for free. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can apply as soon as you turn 60.
  • Disabled person’s bus pass – If you live in England, you’re eligible for a disabled person’s bus pass if you are ‘eligible disabled’. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different schemes, which you can check by following the links below.

The good news is that whichever one you have, renewing a bus pass online is straightforward enough. Simply follow the steps above or if you’re still struggling, contact your local council.

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