Apply for a disabled person's bus pass

Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for and renew a disabled person’s 'orange stripe' bus pass

Who can apply

There is no age restriction for the disabled person’s bus pass. You are eligible if you meet any of these criteria:

  • are blind or partially sighted, 
  • are profoundly or severely deaf, 
  • are without speech, 
  • have a disability, or injury, which has a substantial and long-term effect on your ability to walk, 
  • have no arms or have long-term loss of the use of both arms, 
  • have a severe learning disability, including an arrested state of development from birth, 
  • would be refused a driving licence due to physical fitness (section 92 of the Road Transport Act 1988) 
  • are a member or veteran of the Armed Services who has been seriously injured in service

If you meet either of these criteria, you will need to apply by post:

  • DVLA long term refusal or withdrawal of driving licence on medical grounds (at least 12 months)
  • persons in residential accommodation
Documents you need to provide

You will need to provide one of the following as evidence of your disability:

  • Hampshire County Council Blue Badge or number 
  • award letter for any Attendance Allowance
  • award letter for the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
  • award letter for a War Pensioners Mobility Allowance
  • award letter for guaranteed income payment for tariff levels 1-8 under the 2005 Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
  • letter from the DVLA giving notice of long term refusal or withdrawal of driving licence on medical grounds (misuse of alcohol or drugs are not included under this scheme) OR confirmation from a healthcare professional advising that you are unable to drive because of prescribed medication and its effects
  • award letter for personal independence payment (PIP) where you have been awarded at least 8 points or more for the PIP "Moving Around" or "Communicating Verbally" activities OR audiology evidence demonstrating severe hearing loss – 70-95 dB OR registered with HCC Deaf Services as Deaf (BSL British Sign Language)
When you can use your bus pass

The disabled person’s bus pass entitles you to:

  • free all day travel on bus services on journeys starting in Hampshire (not Portsmouth and Southampton) regardless of where you are travelling to.
  • free travel between 9.30am to 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays on bus services throughout the rest of England (including London).

You can use your bus pass on these Community Transport services:

  • Cango
  • Call and Go, for half fare travel
  • Dial a Ride, for half fare travel 
  • Fleet Link, Yateley Shopper and Eastleigh Parish Links, for half fare travel
  • Park and Ride services registered as local bus services (though you must still pay for the parking).
  • Hampshire County Council Taxishare and carshare schemes.

For more information on the above and other community transport services in your area, including those that do not accept bus passes, please use our Community Transport search.

Extra eligibility criteria may apply for each of these, please see individual services for information.

The use of this pass on Community Transport services is an enhancement to the national scheme and is only available to Hampshire residents (excluding Southampton and Portsmouth) for journeys taking place within the county.

Restrictions

Disabled person’s bus passes are not valid on:

  • reserved seat services i.e. coaches. 
  • temporary services running for less than six weeks (e.g. for special events) 
  • taxis, rail services, ferries, shopmobility, voluntary car schemes and the Hedge End Park Minibus Service
 
Renewing your bus pass

You don’t need to reapply for a new bus when your current one expires, however if you don’t receive a replacement one week before expiry please email concessionary.fares@hants.gov.uk or ring 0300 555 1376. Should your circumstances, address or appearance alter before this date please contact this office as soon as possible.

If you are moving into Hampshire you will need to apply as a new customer.

Lost, damaged or stolen pass

If you lose or damage your pass we will replace it at a cost of £11.50.

  • Payment can be made by credit/debit card by calling 0300 555 1376. The replacement will be sent to you within 10 working days. 
  • You can apply in writing with your name, address and date of birth enclosing a Postal Order or cheque made payable to Hampshire County Council and send to Bus Pass Team, PO Box 696, FAREHAM, PO14 9PD (write your name and date of birth on the back). A photo is not required, however you can submit a new one if you want to. 
  • If you subsequently find your bus pass the payment can only be refunded if it is requested on the same day as the payment is taken. 

We will not charge this fee if the pass has been stolen, provided you have told the police and have received an official crime number for the incident.

Apply for a bus pass

You will need to provide

  • a current passport sized colour photograph with your name and date of birth printed on the back 
  • proof of Hampshire address (e.g. copy of your driving licence or utility bill) 
  • proof of age (e.g. a copy of your driving licence or letter from the State Pension Service confirming your eligibility for state pension) 

If you don’t have the above documents, you will need to provide alternative evidence. Your name and address must be the same as provided on your application form. 

You must also provide your evidence of disability

Upon receipt we will  review your application and if successful the bus pass will be posted to you within 10 working days. We will contact you if further information is required.

To apply by post send a completed application form and all the relevant documents to the Bus Pass Team, PO Box 696, Fareham, PO14 9PD.
Please do not send original documents, they will not be returned to you.