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Bus pass renewals

Older person’s passes

Older person’s passes are issued for a period of 5 years and are renewed automatically as long as we can see that they have been used in the 12 months before expiry.

You should receive your new pass 3-4 weeks before your current pass is due to expire. If your pass expires within 2 weeks and you have not heard from us or received your new pass please contact us immediately.

We rely on the addresses we hold for pass holders being up-to-date. To make sure that you receive your new pass, please remember to tell us if you move house.

Disabled person’s passes

Passes that have been issued based on a disability are generally also issued for a period of 5 years but this can vary depending on the type of disability and the proof that has been supplied.

If you hold a disabled person’s pass you will receive a renewal letter approximately three months before expiry. This letter will explain whether your pass will be renewed automatically or whether you will need to provide us with some more information.

We rely on the address we hold for pass holders being up-to-date. To make sure that you receive your renewal letter, please remember to tell us if you move house.

Prior to the renewal of your pass, checks will be undertaken against the social care system to check that your eligibility is still valid. Up-to-date proof of your continuing eligibility may be requested.


Passes that are damaged and have therefore not been scanned on a bus or passes which have only been used in London will not be automatically renewed. If either of these scenarios applies to your pass please contact us at least one month before your pass is due to expire.

You may find that leading up to the renewal of your pass, we contact you to update the photograph on your pass. Please do not ignore our request. We only ask where the current photograph is of poor quality or does not appear to look age-appropriate.

If you do not respond to our request for a new photograph your pass will not be renewed.

Passes expiring in 2022

A large number of passes are due to expire between August and November 2022.  You may have already received a letter asking you to supply an up to date photograph.  Please do not ignore this letter as this will delay the arrival of your new pass.  Most bus passes will be renewed automatically, however if you have not used your bus pass within the last 12 months then you will need to contact us to arrange a renewal.

We are expecting a high volume of emails over the next few months.  If you contact us via email, please make sure that you add your current passholder number (number on your pass), your full name and address.  This will make it much easier for our team to find your record and to be able to assist you promptly.  If your pass is one that is not going to be renewed automatically and you do not need it right away, please only request your new pass when you are likely to use it.  In most cases a new pass can be issued in seven working days.