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What is the State of Illinois Department on Aging's Benefit Access Program?

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The State of Illinois Department on Aging's Benefit Access Program is a program for eligible senior citizens and disabled citizens that grants them free public transit transportation and a discount on license plates. Citizens can apply for benefits through the Illinois Department on Aging's website. No paper application is available.

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A Benefit Access Application must be submitted to determine a person's eligibility for this program. It takes around four to six weeks to process the application and determine eligibility.

To receive a license plate discount, once the application is approved, the applicant can print his certificate of eligibility and take it to his local Secretary of State office or the local transit office. It takes about 10 business days from the date of approval for the discount to be available.

If the applicant is requesting the free transit ride benefit, he should contact his local public transit system for more information as additional requirements may exist in order to obtain the free ride benefit. Applicants can check the website at any time to determine application status. Applicants can also call the Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966 or 888-206-1327 for more help or for assistance in location a Senior Health Assistance Program.

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