Young person's travel pass

Weekday bus travel in Kent for 11-16 year olds. This pass has replaced the Kent Freedom Pass.

Before you apply for a young person's travel pass you may want to check if you are eligible for our free school transport scheme.

We are changing the way we issue passes at the start of term. Please see 'Collecting your pass' for more information.

  • Apply and renew

    Apply online

    Apply online if you are in year 7 to 11 and pay the full price for the pass (£200 for the year or 2 half-year passes at £100 each).

    Before you apply online, make sure that:

    • you have a credit or debit card
    • for new applications, you have access to a passport style photograph in JPEG format of no more than 40KB in file size.

    For renewals:

    If you are eligible for a discount you need to apply by post.

    Apply by post

    Download the young person's travel pass application form (PDF, 672.4 KB).

    Send your form with a photo and payment to: Public Transport, Kent County Council, PO Box 441, Aylesford, ME6 9HJ.

    When you can apply

    Full-year and term 1-3 pass: apply from 2 June. Apply by 18 July if you want it to be ready for the first day of the September 2014 term.

    Term 4-6 pass: apply from 24 November. Apply by 9 January if you want it to be ready for the first day of term 4.

    Renew your young person's travel pass

    If you have a Kent Freedom Pass you can still renew using the online and paper forms linked to below. We'll send you a young person's travel pass. 

    You need to renew your child's pass each year.

    Renew online

    Renew online

    You'll need the pass number and the email address you used to register.

    You can renew online if:

    • your child is in year 7 - 11 (or has been put forward to year 12 but would normally be in year 11)
    • you pay £200 for your pass (or you buy 2 half-year passes for £100 each, or paid £100 for the Kent Freedom Pass)
    • you haven't changed school, moved house or changed your email address.

    Renew by post

    Use the young person's travel pass renewal form if:

    • you qualify for a discount
    • you don't have a credit or debit card.

    You can also use this form if you would have been renewing your Kent Freedom Pass. Your new pass will be a young person's travel pass.

    You don't need to send a new photo.

    Send your form and payment to: Public Transport, Kent County Council, PO Box 441, Aylesford, ME6 9HJ.

    You'll receive your pass within 28 working days. Terms and conditions (PDF, 80.2 KB) apply.

    Change of details

    If you've moved house or your child has changed school since you applied last year and haven't told us, please email youngpersonstravelpass@kent.gov.uk before renewing online.

    Leaflet

    For more information about the young person's travel pass, download the young person's travel pass leaflet (PDF, 96.3 KB).

  • Who can get one

    • Young people who live in Kent and are in year 7 - 11 (or put forward to year 12 but would normally be in year 11).
    • 16-21 year olds in care or care leavers.
    • Young carers who are 16-18 and in full time education.

    Before you apply you may want to check if you are eligible for our free school transport scheme.

    Non-Kent residents

    If your child goes to school in Kent but you're not a Kent resident they can't get a young person's travel pass. Please contact your local council.

  • Cost

    Once you've paid for your pass, bus travel is free.

    Full-year pass (3 September 2014 to 31 July 2015)

    • £200
    • £100 if you get free school meals

    Term 1-3 pass (3 September 2014 to 22 February 2015)

    •  £100
    • £50 if you get free school meals

    Term 4-6 pass (23 February to 31 July 2015)

    •  £100
    • £50 if you get free school meals

    Make sure you tell us which one you're applying for.

    In care and care leavers - free (you must get your application endorsed)

    Young carers - free (you must get your application endorsed)

    Getting your application endorsed

    If you're in care, a care leaver or a young carer you must get your application endorsed or you'll end up paying the standard £200. Find out who to contact below.

    Young carers

    Kent Young Carers 17 – 19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1LS.
    Call: 0300 111 1110
    Email: info@kentyoungcarers.org.uk.

    If you live in Maidstone you can also contact Crossroads on 01622 817114 or email jan.hall@crossroadswestkent.org.uk.

    In care or care leavers

    11 - 16 year olds: ask your case worker to arrange for someone to endorse your application.

    17 years old and over: Catch 22 (formerly Rainer Kent Services) must endorse your application.

  • Collecting your pass

    Your child can collect their pass from school. We don't send passes to your home.

    It should be ready for the first day of term if you applied or renewed on time.

    We have agreed with bus operators that for the first few days of any new school term, children who have applied on time and need to collect their new pass from school should be allowed to travel. If they have it, your child should carry their old pass, but anyone who would qualify for the scheme should be allowed to travel without any proof of payment or eligibility.

    Once your application has been processed, you will receive an e-mail or letter as confirmation. There is no longer a need for a first day of term letter for travel and we are therefore not providing them.

    Pass not at school

    If your child's pass wasn't at the school as expected, please contact us with your email  with your child's name, date of birth and school.

    Email us on youngpersonstravelpass@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 41 84 84 (Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm).

    Late applications

    If you apply or renew late you may have to wait up to 28 working days for us to send the pass to your child's school.

    We don't refund fares your child pays whilst waiting for their pass to arrive or provide letters they can show the driver.

  • Using your pass

    You can use your pass on buses between 6am and 7pm, Monday to Friday between the start of the school year and 31 July.

    Outside of these times, pass holders can travel at a reduced cost on Arriva, Stagecoach and Go-Coach services. Stagecoach are also offering pass holders an evening and weekend pass for £50 per year.

    Read about additional services and reduced fares from Stagecoach.

    See the list of operators you can use your pass with (PDF, 99.0 KB).

    Use Traveline or 11-19 travel to plan your bus journey.

    Outside of Kent: you can use your pass to travel to counties bordering Kent as long as the journey starts or ends in Kent.

    Medway: you can't use your pass to make journeys from one Medway address to another Medway address.

    Behaviour of pass holders

    Download the young person's travel pass code of conduct (PDF, 209.9 KB).

    We can take passes away from anyone who doesn't stick to this code.

    Download the terms and conditions (PDF, 80.2 KB).

    Special school services and services not covered

    You need to pay extra on some special school services. See a list of special school services and services not covered (PDF, 99.0 KB).

  • Lost, stolen or damaged

    To get a replacement pass please contact us with your child's name, address and school.

    Email: youngpersonstravelpass@kent.gov.uk

    Call: 03000 41 84 84.

    Cost: £10 per replacement

    Pay: by debit or credit card if you call us. Or send us a cheque or postal order with your child's name, address and school (made payable to Kent County Council).

    You can have 3 replacement passes per school year.

    It can take up to 10 days to get your replacement pass. In the meantime you'll have to pay the fare. We don't refund fares you pay whilst you're waiting.

    Temporary passes

    We'll send a temporary pass to your home for your child to show the driver whilst you're waiting for your replacement.

    We'll send the replacement pass to the school before the temporary one runs out.