How To Get Freedom Pass In London

Freedom Pass is a free travel facility given to senior-citizens of London (age 60 and above) or those having a disability. The pass, which is a smartcard, can be used on various public transport facilities of London. The scheme of freedom card was proposed by Greater London Council in 1973. However, when Greater London Council was relinquished in 1986, London Borough Councils took the responsibility of the scheme. The eligibility to obtain a freedom is said to be increased to 66 years of age by 2020. It is quite easy to apply and obtain a freedom card and one can easily get a freedom pass in few days if eligible.

Visit London Councils Freedom Pass Website


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    Eligibility Criteria

    The receipient of the card has to be 60 years or above or must be a disabled person. If the degree of disability matches the criteria, as checked by the local councils, then the applicant is eligible to obtain a freedom pass.

    To view the eligibility criteria in detail, click here.

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    Validity of the Freedom Pass

    The freedom pass is valid on London Buses, London Underground, London Overground and DLR For National Rail the applicability and validity is conditional and keeps changing from time to time.

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    How to Get Freedom Pass for (Older Persons)

    Filling the Form
    If you meet the criteria of older persons then click here and follow the instructions and apply for the freedom pass. You may also opt for filling the form first then taking it's print out. To do this click here.

    Submission of Application in Post office
    You need to personally visit and take your filled application form alongwith required documents to the post office to submit your application.  To view a list of documents required click here.

    Getting the Card
    It will take around 10 days for you to get your card in your Post. However, you can track the status of your card by clicking here.

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    How to Get Freedom Pass for (Disabled Persons)

    Letter of Authorization
    If you fall in the category of disabled persons, then visit your Borough office and get a Letter of Authorization. Click here for further details.

    Submission of Application in the post office
    You will have to take your application form along with documents to the post office to submit your freedom pass application. Click here to have a look at the documents you need to attach to the Letter of Authorization you have received from your Local Borough.

    Track your application
    Track your application by clicking here.

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    How to Apply Freedom Pass for (Discretionary Disabled Persons)

    If you are using a discretionay disabled freedom card or in need of any information regarding these cards then contact your local council by clicking here.

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    How to Use your Freedom Pass

    Have a look at how to use your freedom card by clicking here.

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