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Gold card - free bus travel

Gold Card is our travel, discount and library card for older people and people with certain disabilities.

The Gold Card allows you to travel free, off-peak on local buses throughout the whole of England, get discounts at around 1,000 shops and other local businesses and to borrow at all Derbyshire and Derby city libraries.

Gold Card holders can also use community transport dial-a-bus services for a flat-rate fare.

Who can get a Gold Card?

You no longer receive a Gold Card automatically at the age of 60. Instead, the qualifying age is now linked to the state pension age. 

Check if you qualify for a Gold Card

People of any age with a qualifying disability can also apply for a Gold Card. 
Acceptable evidence for disabled applicants is detailed on the application form or on the Derbyshire County Council - Gold Card website.

Gold Card Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply

First of all you need an application form that you can download from the Derbyshire County Council - Gold Card website.

Age related applications can be made via the Derbyshire County Council - Gold Card website. You can also pick up a Gold Card application form from your local library. Alternatively you can call us on 0345 129 77 77 / 01298 28400 and we'll do our best to help.

If you need to provide evidence with your application form such as proof of eligibility, you need to return this WITH your application form. Applications cannot be processed without this evidence.

If you are a High Peak resident you can return your application form with your own photograph by visiting your local council office.

Please note: we are currently only taking photos in Buxton Town Hall. Please contact us on 0345 129 77 77 or 01298 28400 to make an appointment.

Your Gold Card will NOT be issued at reception, it will be posted out to you.

You can also apply for a Gold Card by sending your completed application form with photocopies of your proof documents and a passport size photograph to Gold Card, Town Hall, Market Place, Buxton, SK17 6EL.

Renewing your Gold Card

You can apply to renew your Gold Card if:

  • your current gold card has expired or is about to expire in the next 2 months
  • if you qualify on the grounds of either Pension Age or Permanent Disability (card issued for 5 years).

Please do not apply to renew your card before it's renewal is due as it will not be accepted.

If you need to renew your disability application, you will need to provide up to date evidence of your eligibility. Please send photocopies of your evidence to Gold Card, Town Hall, Market Place, Buxton, SK17 6EL.