Apply for a disabled person's bus pass
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People with an eligible disability may be entitled to a bus pass for free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England. Off-peak hours are from 9:30am until 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.
Residents who are blind or partially sighted may travel without time restriction provided they board the bus within the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area. These passes bear an "all day local" logo.
You must live in the Christchurch area, you can check which council area you're in.
You can apply for a disabled person's bus pass if you have one of the following disabilities which has lasted, or is expected to last for at least 12 months:
- are blind or partially sighted
- are profoundly or severely deaf
- are without speech, for example, you are unable to communicate orally in any language
- do not have arms or have lost the use of both arms
- have been or would be refused a driving licence for medical reasons (excluding the misuse of drugs or alcohol)
- have a disability, or suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on your ability to walk
- are a member/veteran of the Armed Services seriously injured in service
- have a learning disability - the disability must have started before adulthood and have a lasting effect on development with a reduced ability to understand new or complex information, a difficulty in learning new skills and you may be unable to cope independently
Before you start
Christchurch residents can use this form to apply for a disabled person's bus pass.
If you are a Bournemouth resident, please apply on the Services in Bournemouth website.
You will need:
- to set up an online bus pass account
- proof of your permanent residency in Christchurch (Council Tax bill, rental agreement, utility bill)
- proof of your date of birth (birth certificate, passport, driving licence)
- proof of your disability
- your National Insurance Number
- a recent passport style/size colour photo: digital or scanned photo
Renewing your bus pass
We may need to write to you about 6 weeks before your pass is due to run out to ask for up to date evidence to show that you remain eligible before we can renew it. We may also ask for an up to date photograph.
If your bus pass has not been used for over 12 months before the expiry date we will not automatically contact you. If you do wish to receive a replacement, please contact the Concessionary Fares Team on 01202 123700. You will not need to submit a new application, but you may need to submit evidence of ongoing eligibility and a new photograph.
We will provide, on application, a companion pass to severely disabled residents of Christchurch who are only able to access local bus services with the assistance of a travelling companion.
Other ways to apply
If you would like to apply by post, you can download an application form or request one to be emailed or posted to you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01202 123700.
If you need any help or support, please call us on 01202 123700.
Please read the terms and conditions for more information about using your bus pass.