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Apply for Reduced Fare

You can apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard by mail or in person. 

By Mail:

  1. Download, read and complete an application.
    Select an application: Senior Citizen or People with Disabilities
  2. Enclose a 2” x1 ½ photograph.
  3. Enclose a photocopy of acceptable proof of age. Accepted forms of ID are: a valid Driver's License (or legal equivalent issued to non-drivers) from any state, valid passport from any country, a NYC Department of Aging ID card, Medicare card (Medicaid not accepted), Access-A-Ride ID card, MTA Reduced-Fare ID card (pre-1995). (one must have a photograph of you), or proof of a qualifying disability and mail to:

    MTA New York City Transit
    Att: Reduced Fare Program
    130 Livingston Street
    Brooklyn, NY  11201-9625

In Person:

Seniors: If you are 65 years of age or older, you can bring your application to a MetroCard Bus or Van, or our walk-in MetroCard Customer Service Center.

  • Bring two valid IDs:  Driver's License, Medicare Card, or Birth Certificate, one of which must have a photograph of you.
  • Free photography services available
  • Notary not necessary

Customers with Qualifying Disabilities: If you have a disability, please follow the instructions above for mailing your application.  (A list of qualifying disabilities appears on page 2 of the application)  If  you need help completing the application, call Customer Information at 511, which is a voice-recognition system, and say "MTA," then say "Subway and Buses" and follow the prompts. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay. You can also visit a MetroCard Bus or Van, or our walk-in MetroCard Customer Service Center.  Upon receipt of your completed application, an examiner will review your application and, if necessary, may contact you for additional information.

Where to go:

MetroCard Bus or Van: Click here for a schedule.
The Customer Service Center
3 Stone Street, in Lower Manhattan
Between Broadway and Broad Street

Hours: Open weekdays, 9 AM to 5 PM, except holidays.

Travel Directions

By Subway: 4 Line icon 5 Line icon to Bowling Green or R Line icon to Whitehall Street
By Bus: M5, M15, M20

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