The process for obtaining a Senior Citizen's bus card typically involves an application with the local transit authority. In most cases, the application can be downloaded online from the transit authority's website.
Depending on the city the applicant is from, he either downloads the application or picks one up at the transit authority office. Once the application is obtained, it must be filled out and accompanied by at least one form of identification when presented in person at the customer service window. The forms of identification include: a valid driver's license, a birth certificate or an armed forces card. Other possible forms of identification can be found on the applicant's local transit authority website.
In the case of New York City's transit authority, or MTA, everything can be done online. Passengers who are 65 years or older qualify for a reduced fare. Applicants simply go onto the MTA website and search for Senior Citizen Metro Card, complete the form online, and in about three weeks, the card arrives through the mail. If the customer wishes to pay with cash, he must show his completed paperwork, along with valid identification, to the bus driver for a reduced fare for one ride only, plus a transfer if needed.