Senior / Disabled Reduced Fare ID

In order to ride State of Connecticut subsidized transit services at a reduced fare, you need to either have a Medicare card or a state-issued photo ID card. If you have a Medicare card, then a separate photo ID card is not required.

Use the application form  in English or in Spanish to request state-issued photo ID card if you are a senior citizen or a person with a qualifying disability and you do not have a Medicare card. CTtransit Reduced Fare Photo Identification Card for Senior Citizens (65 years or older) and Persons with a Qualified Disability (any age).

Key points of the program are:

  • A federally-issued Medicare card or state-issued photo ID card are the only two forms of identification accepted as valid proof for reduced fare on state-subsidized transit providers as of January 1, 1993.
     
  • If you do not have a valid Medicare card you may apply for a state-issued photo ID card using the link below. There is an application charge of $5.00 to issue a first photo I.D. card. If your card is lost, stolen or damaged, a replacement card may be obtained with a processing charge of $10.00.
     
  • Temporary disability cards expire one year from issue date. Temporary cards require reapplication upon expiration (see "new applicant" information).
     
  • Applicants must submit an appropriately-sized photograph of himself or herself.

Reduced Fares

Senior Citizens

If you have a Medicare card, you are entitled to ride for a reduced fare. Simply show your Medicare card to the operator when you board the bus. Your local transit provider is required to accept the Medicare card for a half fare. If you do not have a Medicare card and are 65 years or older, you may apply for this photo ID card. Complete the application and have it notarized.

Disabled Persons

Persons of any age with a qualifying disability are eligible for this card. Applications must be certified by a physician, complete with his/her signature, telephone number and state license number.

Transit Providers

Senior citizens and persons with a disability can travel for a reduced fare at any time on CTtransit and all other bus systems operating under contract to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Reduced fares apply on the CT Rail New Haven Line operated by Metro-North during off-peak hours only. The reduced fares are consistent with the requirements for receipt of Federal funds to augment State funds to subsidize public transportation.

How to Apply

If you do not have a Medicare card, the Connecticut Department of Transportation Senior/Disabled reduced fare photo ID card will be issued upon submission and verification of this application. Send the completed application with a check or money order payable to CTtransit to:

CTtransit
Attn: Senior/Disabled Representative
PO Box 66
Hartford, CT 06141-0066

Note: Personal checks must have the signer's name and address imprinted on the check in order to be accepted by CTtransit.

Click here for an application in English or in Spanish that you can print out and mail.

Definition Of "Disabled" Entitlement To Identification Card

Federal and state authorities have established the following criteria for the purpose of defining individuals who are entitled to reduced transit fares on the basis of disability. A reduced fare ID card will be issued to an individual who meets one or more of the following criteria:

Vision

If the person has a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. An eye which is accompanied by limitation in the field of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees shall be considered as having central visual acuity of 20/200 or less.

Hearing

If there is no air or bone conduction whatsoever in both ears; or if hearing is so impaired that notwithstanding the use of hearing aids the person is incapable of hearing sound below 80 decibels at 2,000 cycles per sound, as verified by audiometric testing.

Ambulatory

  1. If from whatever cause, the person is unable to move about without a "walker", a wheelchair, a crutch(es) or a cane, and if the condition is expected to continue for more than one year from the date of application. The word "unable" is used in its literal sense. The fact that one of these mechanical aids facilitates movement is not sufficient. The applicant must be incapable of moving about, except for extremely short distances, without use of the aid. or
  2. If the person has an obvious and serious disorder of gait which substantially interferes with the use of mass transportation. This condition must be described in detail by the physician giving the opinion and will be subject to official medical review.

Loss of Arms

If by reason of amputation or anatomical deformity the person lacks two arms or two hands.

Other

If the person has any other disability which would fall within the following Federal Transit Administration definition of disabled person: "any individual who, by reason of illness, injury, age, congenital malfunction or other permanent or temporary incapacity of disability, is unable without special facilities or special planning or design to utilize mass transportation facilities and services as effectively as persons who are not so affected".

Temporary

A mobility impairment lasting at least three months.

The determination of whether a person is "disabled" with the meaning of the foregoing definition will be made on the basis of submitted evidence. Certification by a physician is essential to the application. Applicants will have to arrange for the physician's services at their own expense. We reserve the right to require proof of disability in addition to the physician's opinion.