Half-Fare Program

Do You Qualify?

SunLine Transit Agency has established a Half-Fare Program based on the Federal Transit Administration’s guidelines. This program is for seniors 60 years or older, or persons with disabilities who are able to ride SunLine’s fixed routes on SunBus.

To qualify for the Senior Half-Fare I.D. card, the applicant must present current 
(not expired) government–issued photo identification as proof of age.

  • Department of Motor Vehicle Driver’s LicenseSunLine Half-fare Programs
  • Department of Motor Vehicle Senior I.D.
  • Photo Identification that verifies birth date

To qualify for the Disabled/Medicare Half-Fare I.D. card, the applicant must present current (not expired) government-issued photo identification and one of the following:

  • Medicare Card
  • SunLine ADA Certification Card
  • SSI Award Letter
  • SSDI Award Letter
  • Veterans Administration Letter for minimum 50% disability
  • PDF icon Half Fare Physician Verification Form - This form must be completed and signed by your doctor.

To apply for this program, submit the completed PDF icon Half-Fare Program Application in person by visiting our Thousand Palms Administrative Office located at 32-505 Harry Oliver Trail, Thousand Palms, CA 92276, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You must bring current proof of age or disability.  A photo will be taken. Applicants may also call Customer Service at 1-800-347-8628 to inquire about our Community Outreach dates and locations.

If you meet the eligibility requirements for the program, your I.D. card will be mailed to you at the address provided on the application.

If you are determined ineligible, a letter stating that determination will be mailed to you.

COST: The Half-Fare I.D. card is FREE.  Should you lose your card there will be a $10.00 replacement fee.


  • Five years – seniors 60 + years
  • Three years – persons with permanent disabilities
  • One year – persons with disabilities

BE PREPARED to show your SunLine Half-Fare I.D. to buy passes or pay to ride SunBus at the discounted rate.

The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) definition for an “elderly person” is any individual 65+ years and/or issued a Medicare card pursuant to Title II or Title XVII of the Social Security Act.  Please note that SunLine’s definition for an “elderly person” is 60+ years.