We offer reduced fares and passes for:

  • Senior Citizens (60+)
  • Medicare Recipients (not MediCal)
  • People with disabilities who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 
  • Youth ages 6-18 (school or transit identification required)

To purchase and use a discounted pass, you will be required to show proper identification demonstrating your eligibility.

We accept the following identification:

  • Compass Card Photo ID (Preferred)
  • A valid government-issued photo ID with birthdate (for seniors)
  • Medicare card + government-issued photo ID
  • State of California DMV Placard ID (Receipt) + a government-issued photo ID
  • State of California Senior ID card (60+)

You must carry one of these forms of ID with you to prove eligibility for the discounted fares and passes. 

Application Process

You can apply for reduced fares in one of two ways: 

The following people can apply using the Reduced Fare Short Form:

  • People 60 years of age or older with picture ID with birth date. Acceptable forms of ID for proof of age are:
    • Birth certificate
    • Driver’s license
    • State of California Senior ID
    • Medicare card
    • Immigration papers
    • Passport
  • People with picture ID and the following forms of identification:
    • Medicare
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income(SSD)
    • DMV Placard: proof of disabled placard or ID card issued by California Dept. of Motor Vehicles

Download/print a Short Form

You can take the completed short form to The Transit Store on weekdays between 9am-4:30pm to have your photograph taken and to receive your Reduced Fare Photo ID. 

For persons with medical disabilities who do not have one of the qualifying identification cards necessary to complete the short form, a physician or a qualifying licensed health care professional must complete the Physician’s Statement of Medical Disability Eligibility portion of the application.

Download/print a Long Form

The form fully describes the qualifying disabilities and the type of licensed health care professional authorized to complete the certification.

Please return the completed application to:

Metropolitan Transit System
1255 Imperial Ave., Suite 1000
San Diego, CA 92101

We will notify you if your application is approved within 15 working days contingent upon verification by your physician or licensed health care provider. To be notified via email, please include an email address on page 2 of the long form application.

Once your application is approved and notice is received, go to The Transit Store on weekdays between 9am-4:30pm to have your photograph taken and to receive your Reduced Fare Photo ID.