The Golden Buckeye program is open to all Ohio residents that are at least 60 years old or between 18 and 59 with disabilities and that have Golden Buckeye cards. These cards are automatically sent out to eligible people with a current Ohio Driver's License or State ID card.
Administered by the Ohio Department of Aging, the program also takes applications for those who do not receive cards automatically. Age and disability claims must be verified, so people must apply in person, either at the department, at public libraries or at senior centers. If a Buckeye card is lost or stolen, a new one may be requested by phone. All Golden Buckeye cards are free.
Perks associated with the card include participation in the Ohio's Best Rx drug discount program as well as discounts at local shops and restaurants. Most merchants who join the program display the Golden Buckeye logo on their front doors or windows, but seniors are encouraged to ask about discounts whenever making a purchase.
Any merchant can sign up for the program using the online enrollment form. There is no fee. Merchants can decide on what types of savings or programs they wish to offer. Merchants receive no compensation from the state for joining, but participating in the Golden Buckeye program encourages repeat business.