Apply for a SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID card today

As many of you know, SEPTA is switching to electronic key cards for all of its services, including the Seniors Ride Free program, which allows seniors (those 65 and older) to ride free all day, every day, on SEPTA buses, trolleys and subways. With the new key cards, even SEPTA regional rail rides will eventually be free as well, although they will remain $1 in the near term.

SEPTA will require all seniors to use the new key cards to ride free in the coming months.

SEPTA will continue to accept Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and non-driver’s ID cards and paper Senior Citizen Transit ID cards (the older blue and yellow cards) as ID for senior rail rides until further notice. But Medicare cards and Railroad Retirement cards are no longer accepted as proper identification for senior rides on any SEPTA form of transportation.

If you haven’t yet signed up to get your new SEPTA Key Senior ID card, you can brave the lines at SEPTA headquarters downtown — or you can simply stop by my office anytime that’s convenient for you. There’s no need to make an appointment.

Bring a valid, state-issued proof of your birthdate (such as a photo driver’s license, Pennsylvania non-driver’s ID card or passport) to my office at 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8, Glenside, PA 19038. You will fill out a couple forms and have your photograph taken in the office. Then SEPTA will mail your new Key Senior Photo ID card directly to you when it is ready, which will likely be within a couple months.

If you have any questions about the SEPTA Senior Key ID card — how to get it and how to use it — or about any other state-related issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to my staff.