Eligible older or disabled people are entitled to free off-peak travel on local buses throughout England. You will need a bus pass, which must be shown to the bus driver on each journey.
On this page, you can find out:
- whether you are eligible for an older person's bus pass
- how and where to apply
- what you need to bring with you.
When am I eligible for an older person's bus pass?
If you were born before 6 April 1950, you're eligible for an older person's bus pass from your 60th birthday.
If you were born after 5 April 1950, the age you become eligible for a bus pass is linked to changes in the State Pension age for women. This affects both men and women.
How do I apply?
Applications can only be made in person. To apply for an older person's bus pass, you can go to:
- any East Sussex library (except Rotherfield, Mayfield and Sedlescombe) – find your local library
- some district and borough council offices – see below.
There is no need to make an appointment and your pass will be sent to you within 10 working days. If you apply in advance, your pass will be sent out 10 working days before the date on which you become eligible.
What do I need to bring?
When you come to the library or council office, you will need to bring:
- proof of your age
- proof of your address
- a photograph of you (not required if you're applying at a library)
- National Insurance number.
Please provide original documents. We do not keep these, but may take copies for our records. See below for a full list of acceptable documents.
Proof of your age (bring one)
- birth certificate
- driving licence
- pension book
- medical card.
Proof of your address in East Sussex (bring one)
- a letter from Department of Work and Pensions
- a recent bank or credit card statement
- your current council tax bill
- a recent utility bill.
If your main home is not in East Sussex, you should apply for a bus pass to the local authority where you usually live.
Any proof of address must be no more than three months old. The date must be printed and not handwritten.
Libraries - If you apply at a library, staff will take your photo for you, free of charge.
Council offices – If you apply at a council office, you will need to bring a photograph of yourself. This must:
- be a recent, colour, passport-style photo
- show your head, shoulders and full face
- be taken without any headcovering or tinted glasses. Ordinary glasses are fine.
If you have a question, please:
- visit your local library or council office (see above)
- phone our contact centre on 0345 6080 194.