Apprentice Oyster photocard

Apprentice Oyster card

Benefits and eligibility

You can save 30% off adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.

To be eligible for an Apprentice Oyster photocard you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over and
  • Live in a London borough and
  • Be enrolled on an apprenticeship* with a further education college or training organisation for a minimum of 12 months and
  • Be in the first 12 months of your apprenticeship

*The apprenticeship must be SASE (Specification for Apprenticeship Standards in England) compliant or an approved standard. It should be delivered by a further education college or training organisation that is approved, or funded by, the Skills Funding Agency.

You're not eligible for an Apprenticeship Oyster photocard if you:

  • Live outside London, even if your apprenticeship is in London
  • Already have an Oyster photocard, a Freedom Pass or a Bus & Tram Discount photocard
  • Are on a planned break from your apprenticeship learning
  • Are on a pre-Apprenticeship Access programme

If you're unclear about your eligibility, speak to your apprenticeship training provider.

How much do I save?

If you have an Apprentice Oyster photocard, you can get 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.

If you live near your workplace and only make a few journeys, you might not need a Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass. Instead, you might be better off using Oyster pay as you go at the adult rate.

How do I apply?

You must apply online for your Apprentice Oyster photocard.

You'll need:

  • Your Unique Learner Number (ULN)
  • A UK Provider Reference Number (UKPRN) 
  • A colour, digital photo 
  • An active, valid email address 
  • A valid debit or credit card to pay the £20 administration fee

Both your Unique Learner Number and UK Provider Reference Number will be supplied by your apprenticeship training provider. Talk to them if you haven't got these yet.

Applicants can only apply once they're fully enrolled with a training provider on an apprenticeship that is SASE (Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England) compliant.

Your colour, digital photo must be:

  • A jpg, bmp or gif file with a resolution of at least 300dpi, and less than 2MB in size
  • A true likeness of you
  • Without hats and head coverings, unless worn for religious or medical reasons and, only then, if the features of your face can still be seen.

If your photo doesn't meet these guidelines, it will be rejected.

Application progress

When you apply for an Apprentice Oyster photocard, we'll set up an Oyster photocard online account for you. Once you've submitted an application, you'll be able to use your account to track its progress.

You can also track the progress of your application by:

  • Texting your application reference number to 07624 809325 (Standard network charges apply and can vary considerably. Please check with your mobile phone service provider)
  • Calling 0343 222 1234 (TfL call charges)

If your application is successful, we'll post your Apprentice Oyster photocard to the address provided when you applied. If you haven't received your card within two weeks of applying, please check your application progress.

Using your photocard

You can use your Apprentice Oyster photocard once you've added a Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass season ticket, or when you've added credit to pay as you go. Pay as you go fares are charged at the adult rate.

Touching in and out

If you're using pay as you go, make sure you touch in and touch out on a yellow card reader. It's a bit different for each type of transport. Find out more about touching in and out

Buying tickets and topping up

You can top up your pay as you go credit and buy Travelcards for your Apprentice Oyster photocard online. Sign in to your Oyster photocard account for more details. You can't buy Bus & Tram Passes online.

Discounted Travelcards can't be bought at National Rail stations.

Expiry date

Your Apprentice Oyster photocard will be valid for 12 months and will expire on the date shown on the front of the card. If you are removed from, or leave, your apprenticeship early, your Apprentice Oyster photocard will be stopped.

Lost, stolen or damaged cards

Find out what to do if your Apprentice Oyster photocard is lost, stolen, damaged or stops working.

See the terms and conditions for Apprentice Oyster photocards.

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