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  • English National Concessionary Travel Scheme – Senior Citizen

    The English National Concession Travel Scheme (ENCTS) entitles senior citizens to free off peak travel on buses across England (plus additional concessions in South Yorkshire).


    When and where to use your passWho qualifies for a passCheck your eligibilityHow to get your pass Replace a lost or stolen passRenew an expired passFrequently asked questions


    When and where to use your pass

    ENCTS senior pass

    Senior Pass (ENCTS) holders can travel free from 0930 to 2300 on weekdays, all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays:

    • on local bus services* and trams within South Yorkshire
    • The pass is also valid for half-fare travel between stations on the South Yorkshire rail network between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays. This concession applies only to South Yorkshire residents. Please note regarding 'half fare': for Northern Rail trains scheduled to depart between 1601 and 1829 on weekdays, the Senior Pass fare is half of the Peak Fare for the journey being made.
    • in all other parts of England, South Yorkshire passes can be used for free travel on bus services between 0930 and 2300 weekdays and all day weekends and Bank Holidays. *
      *Local bus services do not include booked excursions and long distance coach travel such as that provided by National Express or Megabus. They may also exclude some special services such as temporary shuttle bus.  
    • Read the Senior Pass leaflet (PDF) for more information.

    Who qualifies for a pass

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    To qualify for an ENCTS (Senior Citizen) pass you must live in South Yorkshire and be of an eligible age, which is equivalent to the female state pensionable age as defined by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

    The government has recently changed the qualifying age, so unless you were born before 6 April 1950, you will no longer become eligible on the day you turn 60.  This means that:

    • If you were born before 6 April 1950, you are still eligible for concessionary travel from your 60th birthday.
    • If you were born after 5 April 1950, your precise age of eligibility will depend on your date of birth. 

    Check your eligibility

    To find out when you are eligible for concessionary travel:

    If you live outside South Yorkshire, you need to apply to the local authority that covers your usual place of residence.


    How to get your pass

    Apply online with MyTSY

    If your are applying for the first time you can apply online. This is the quickest way to get your pass but you can also apply by post or via a drop-box at any interchange (or mini-interchange).

    What you will need:

    • Proof of age
      • Online: a Passport or Driver’s licence number or scanned in copies of documents such as: your birth certificate, passport, medical card.
      •  Drop box or post: you need to include photocopies (not original documents) of documents such as: your birth certificate, passport, medical card.
    • Proof of address
      • Online: you just need to enter a valid South Yorkshire address.
      • Drop box or post: you need to include photocopies (not original documents) of documents such as: your medical card, driving license, gas bill, electricity bill or Council Tax bill.
    • A photograph
      • Online: you can upload a digital jpeg photo,
      • Drop box or post: please include a passport size photo of yourself.

    Photographs should be recent, passport-style, taken against a light, plain background, free from any writing or over-print, full face with eyes open and showing face and shoulders only. You can read the “Acceptable Photo guide” for guidance on suitable photos to use.

    Applying via drop box: You'll need the documents outlined above together with a completed paper application form. Once you have everything in an envelope you can drop your application off at our Customer Service Advisor desk in your local Interchange.

    Once you have applied for your pass and it has been processed by our team it will then be posted to you within ten working days from receipt of application and will be valid for five years from the date on which the card is produced.


    How to replace a lost or stolen pass

    You can replace your lost or stolen pass online, if you do not have access to the internet you can either phone us, or apply via the drop box in the interchange or by post. A replacement pass will cost £7 unless you have taken out pass protection. You will need the following:

    • proof of identity - name and address (e.g. official letter addressed to applicant, medical card, utility bill, etc)
    • £7

    Pass protection

    Pass protection can be taken out against Senior Citizen Passes for £5 for five years. This will enable you to replace your old pass free of charge should you lose it during the five years which it is valid. Please read the Pass Protection terms and conditions (PDF) before applying.

    Please note: Stolen passes will be replaced free of charge if you have reported the theft to the police and obtained a crime reference number.

    You should receive a replacement pass within 7 working days.


    How to renew an expired pass

    If your pass has expired or is due to expire, you can renew you pass online. You can renew you pass up to two months before the expiry date.

    You can also renew your pass by phoning Traveline on 01709 51 51 51 - the same two month period applies.

    You can apply by post (or by using the drop box in the interchanges) by completing an ENCTS application form with the renewal box ticked. The same two month period applies.
    There is no charge for renewing your senior citizen’s pass.


    Frequently asked questions

    Q. How long will my ENCT pass be valid for?
    A. All newly issued Senior Citizens’ passes will be valid for 5 years from the date you apply or become eligible for the pass (in case you apply before you reach the qualifying age). If you are replacing a lost or stolen pass the expiry date on your new pass will be the same as on the pass you are replacing.

    Q. Do I need to provide a new photograph when replacing my ENCT pass?
    A. No, you do not generally need to provide a photograph to replace your pass. However, if you believe your appearance has significantly changed since you last application, you do need to provide a new photograph or have it taken by a member of staff at a Travel Information Centre. Otherwise, you may be denied free travel on public transport.

    Q. I have applied for my pass today. How long will it be before I receive my pass?
    A. We aim to complete all applications within 10 working days of receipt of your application.


    Date of birth

    This table can help you find out when you are eligible and the earliest date to apply for your pass. If you were born before 6 August 1951, you already qualify for a pass.

    If you were born later in 1951, you become eligible as follows:
      

    Date of birth

    Date eligible for a pass

    Date you can apply for a pass

    6 July 1951 to 5 August 1951

    6 November 2012

    23 October 2012

    6 August 1951 to 5 September 1951

    6 January 2013

    23 December 2012

    6 September 1951 to 5 October 1951

    6 March 2013

    20 February 2013

    6 October 1951 to 5 November 1951

    6 May 2013

    22 April 2013

    6 November 1951 to 5 December 1951

    6 July 2013

    22 June 2013

    6 December 1951 to 5 January 1952 6 September 2013 23 August 2013

    If you were born in 1952

    Date of birth

    Date eligible for a pass

    Date you can apply for a pass

    6 December 1951 to 5 January 1952

    6 September 2013

    23 August 2013

    6 January 1952 to 5 February 1952

    6 November 2013

    23 October 2013

    6 February 1952 to 5 March 1952

    6 January 2014

    23 December 2013

    6 March 1952 to 5 April 1952

    6 March 2014

    20 February 2014

    6 April 1952 to 5 May 1952

    6 May 2014

    22 April 2014

    6 May 1952 to 5 June 1952

    6 July 2014

    22 June 2014

    6 June 1952 to 5 July 1952

    6 September 2014

    23 August 2014

    6 July 1952 to 5 August 1952

    6 November 2014

    23 October 2014

    6 August 1952 to 5 September 1952

    6 January 2015

    23 December 2014

    6 September 1952 to 5 October 1952

    6 March 2015

    20 February 2015

    6 October 1952 to 5 November 1952

    6 May 2015

    22 April 2015

    6 November 1952 to 5 December 1952

    6 July 2015

    22 June 2015

    6 December 1952 to 5 January 1953 6 September 2015 23 August 2015

    If you were born in 1953

    Date of birth  

    Date eligible for a pass  

    Date you can apply for a pass  

    6 December 1952 to 5 January 1953

    6 September 2015

    23 August 2015

    6 January 1953 to 5 February 1953

    6 November 2015

    23 October 2015

    6 February 1953 to 5 March 1953

    6 January 2016

    23 December 2015

    6 March 1953 to 5 April 1953

    6 March 2016

    21 February 2016

    6 April 1953 to 5 May 1953

    6 July 2016

    22 June 2016

    6 May 1953 to 5 June 1953

    6 November 2016

    23 October 2016

    6 June 1953 to 5 July 1953

    6 March 2017

    20 February 2017

    6 July 1953 to 5 August 1953

    6 July 2017

    22 June 2017

    6 August 1953 to 5 September 1953

    6 November 2017

    23 October 2017

    6 September 1953 to 5 October 1953

    6 March 2018

    20 February 2018

    6 October 1953 to 5 November 1953

    6 July 2018

    22 June 2018

    6 November 1953 to 5 December 1953

    6 November 2018

    23 October 2018

    6 December 1953 to 5 January 1954 6 March 2019 20 February 2019

    If you were born in 1954 or after

    Date of birth  

    Date eligible for a pass  

    Date you can apply for a pass  

    6 December 1953 to 5 January 1954

    6 March 2019

    20 February 2019

    6 January 1954 to 5 February 1954

    6 May 2019

    22 April 2019

    6 February 1954 to 5 March 1954

    6 July 2019

    22 June 2019

    6 March 1954 to 5 April 1954

    6 September 2019

    23 August 2019

    6 April 1954 to 5 May 1954

    6 November 2019

    23 October 2019

    6 May 1954 to 5 June 1954

    6 January 2020

    23 December 2019

    6 June 1954 to 5 July 1954

    6 March 2020

    21 February 2020

    6 July 1954 to 5 August 1954

    6 May 2020

    22 April 2020

    6 August 1954 to 5 September 1954

    6 July 2020

    22 June 2020

    6 September 1954 to 5 October 1954

    6 September 2020

    23 August 2020

    6 October 1954 to 5 November 1954

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