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Bus passes for older people

You can travel free on buses across Scotland if you are 60 or over and live in Dumfries and Galloway. Services between this area and Carlisle are also free.

Complete an application form at any of our Customer Service Centres.

Assisted applications are available via computer booths in Lockerbie, Newton Stewart and Stranraer. Staff can check documents, take a photograph, complete an electronic application and order your bus pass straightaway.


You'll need to provide a colour passport photo. Photos must:

  • be taken against a plain background
  • be recent and recognisable
  • be clear and in focus
  • only include your head and shoulders
  • not include headwear (unless for religious reasons)

Proof of age

You'll need to provide one of the following as proof of age:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • photo driving licence
  • attendance allowance award letter

Proof of address

You'll need to provide one of the following as proof of address:

  • recent council tax bill
  • recent utility bill
  • recent bank statement
  • television licence
  • letter from a care home

Recent documents must be dated within the last 3 months.

Receiving your card

Your application will be checked and sent away to be processed. You should get your bus pass within 2 weeks, it will be sent to the address you provided.

Lost, stolen or damaged cards

Let us know if your bus pass is lost, stolen or damaged so that we can arrange a replacement. Call 030 33 33 3000 or visit one of our customer service centres.

Renewing your card

Your card is valid for a maximum of 3 years and will be automatically renewed when it expires. The new pass will be sent to the address you've provided so you need to give us proof of your new address at one of our customer service centres if you've moved.

Page last updated: 01/01/2018
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