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This page gives you information about disabled bus passes in Portsmouth, including how to apply or renew a pass, and what to do if your pass is lost or stolen. It will also advise you on the eligibility criteria and what proof of eligibility you will need.

Following a successful trial and consultation, holders of disabled bus passes in Portsmouth are now able to travel for free at any time of day with a valid pass.


You are an eligible disabled person if you:

  • are blind or partially sighted, profoundly or severely deaf, without speech
  • have a disability, or have suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to walk
  • have long term loss of the use of both arms or do not have arms
  • have a learning disability – a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning
  • would have an application to drive a motor vehicle refused due to your disability
  • a member or veteran of the Armed Services who has been seriously injured in service

Apply for a bus pass

You can apply for a disabled person’s bus pass by emailing your scanned/photographed documentation to with a contact telephone number or apply in person at the Civic Offices Monday – Friday 9am -1pm.

You will need proof that you live in Portsmouth (such as a council tax bill, housing benefit, rent book, tenancy agreement, electoral registration or utility bill), proof of date of birth (such as birth certificate, passport, driving licence or medical card), national insurance number and a passport-quality colour photograph. You will also need to provide proof of disability, such as:

  • Attendance allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance with a mobility component at the higher rate
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) where the applicant has been awarded at least eight points or more for the PIP ‘Moving Around’ and ‘Communicating Verbally’ activities
  • Award letter for guaranteed income payment for tariff levels 1-8 under the 2005 Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
  • War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS) under the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
  • Letter from the DVLA giving notice of long term refusal or withdrawal of driving license on medical grounds, (misuse of alcohol or drugs are not included under this scheme)
  • A mental health healthcare professional’s standard NHS exclusion letter containing their contact details
  • Blue badge
  • Registration with social care (yellow card)
  • Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) signed by an eye consultant (ophthalmologist)
  • An audiologist’s report confirming that the applicant demonstrates the level of hearing reaches 70 + decibels in hearing level (dB HL)
  • Letter on official paper from a medical professional such as neurologist, cardiologist, physiotherapist, etc. confirming the specified medical condition/disability would render the applicant ineligible to apply for or hold a driving licence

If you think you are eligible, but don’t have any of the documents, please contact us to discuss this.

Renew a bus pass

These passes are issued for between one and five years depending on your disability.

Bus passes that expire in March 2021

  • If we have assessed you to have a permanent disability you will receive a new pass in the post automatically, unless we contact you before expiry.
  • If your bus pass is issued on a temporary basis, we would normally ask you to reapply for a new pass at this time of year, however due to government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, we have automatically renewed your bus pass. The expiry date of your new bus pass will be 31 March 2022. You will need to reapply for a new bus pass next year. We will write to you before the expiry date to explain how to reapply and what documents you will need to provide as proof of eligibility.

If your bus pass is expiring in less than a week and your new one hasn’t arrived, please contact us.

We will send your bus pass to the address we have on our records, so you must let us know if your address changes.

Using a bus pass

These passes can be used on local buses anywhere in England in accordance with the local authority’s scheme. The Portsmouth scheme provides free travel all day, every day, from and within Portsmouth.

The pass can be used anywhere in England, however it is important to check the restrictions for the local authority’s scheme as they differ. The bus pass does not cover travel in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Companion bus passes

The companion pass allows those unable to travel alone on public transport to have a companion travel with them free of charge. Find out more on the companion bus pass page.

Change of address

Whether you are moving within, out of or in to Portsmouth, please contact us to let us know your new address.

Also, if you have moved into Portsmouth and currently using a previous authority bus pass you will need to apply as a new customer with us.

Lost passes

There is a £10 administration fee, payable in advance, to replace a damaged, defaced or lost pass. The fee is not refundable if the lost pass is later found. Lost passes will be cancelled and therefore cannot be used if found at a later date.

The £10 fee can be paid over the phone with a debit or credit card by calling 023 9268 8575 between Monday and Friday, 9am-4pm (closed bank holidays). Once we have received payment the replacement bus pass will be posted to you within 10 working days.

If your pass is stolen, please report the theft to the police and obtain a crime reference number. This number will enable us to issue a replacement card without charge. We will also replace any cards which have a technical problem for free. Please contact us if your pass is stolen.

Contact us

For more information you can contact us by:

  • Telephone: 023 9268 8575
  • Email:
  • Post:
    Concessionary Fares
    Portsmouth City Council
    Civic Offices
    Guildhall Square
    PO1 2AL
  • In person at the Civic Offices Mon-Fri 9am-1pm