Gold Card bus pass - older people

People who reach the state pension retirement age (depending on your date of birth) are entitled to a free off-peak bus pass, known in Derby and Derbyshire as the Gold Card. It can also be used as a discount and library card.


What does the Gold Card offer?

The Gold Card offers:

  • free travel on local buses throughout England between 9.30am and 11.00pm on weekdays, all day at weekends and on bank holidays. This includes the Park and Ride bus service anywhere on its route, although if you park a car, normal parking costs apply
  • discounts at local shops and businesses
  • lending from all Derbyshire and Derby City libraries.

When can I apply?

You are no longer automatically eligible for a Gold Card on your 60th birthday. The date you can apply has changed to bring age related benefits, like free bus travel, in line with the State Pension age increasing for women as well as men. These changes have been made across England and affect anyone born on or after 6th April 1950 to 5th April 1955. To find out when you can apply please use the State Pension age calculator. You can apply for a Gold Card two weeks before your State Pension age entitlement date.

If you were born after 5th April 1955 you can apply when you are 66.

How can I apply?

You can pick up an application form from our Customer Services centre at The Council House on Corporation Street.

You can have your photo taken free of charge by the Customer Service Centre at The Council House. Once you've had it taken, hand in your form, proof of age and proof of address.

You can also send the form, a passport size photo and copies of your proof of age and address to us by post.

Your card will be posted to you within two weeks.

What discounts can I get with my Gold Card?

You can also see an online discounts list on Derbyshire County Council's website. Use the left hand menu to search by area, product or keyword.

What happens if I lose my card?

There is a £5 charge to replace a lost pass. You can pay in person at the Customer Service Centre.

Your replacement card will be posted to you within two to three weeks.

Removal of travel concessions on Red Arrow and X38 Bus Services

The Red Arrow bus service to Nottingham and X38 bus service to Burton have been identified as services that could be excluded from the national concessionary travel scheme.  The Council's view is that both these services fall outside the Government’s definition of a local bus service and operate as express inter city style services.  Other bus services providing travel to Nottingham and Burton exist.

We are seeking people’s views about proposals to remove travel concessions from the these services with effect from April 2017.

We encourage you to complete the short online survey and give us your feedback on these proposals.  Paper copies are available from the Information Office at the Bus Station, or by calling 01332 643490.  The closing date for feedback is Sunday 27 November 2016.


Contact details

Post address:
Concessionary Travel
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 293111
Minicom: 01332 640666
Concessionary Travel
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street