60+ London Oyster photocard

60 plus london oyster photocard

Who is eligible?

If you're 60 or over and live in a London borough, you can get a 60+ London Oyster photocard until you're eligible for a Freedom Pass.

You can't get a 60+ London Oyster photocard if you already have a Veterans Oyster photocard.

How to apply

You apply online for a 60+ London Oyster photocard from two weeks before your 60th birthday.

You need to provide:

  • Active email address
  • Details from your valid, machine-readable passport or your valid UK driving licence (full or provisional)
  • A colour image of your valid, machine-readable passport. This must be in .png or .jpg format and be less than 6MB. The image must show your photo, personal details and passport number
  • Digital photo of you which must be a .jpg, .bmp or .gif file and be less than 6MB
  • Debit or credit card registered at your address to confirm you live in a London borough and pay £20

If you don't have these, you can still apply online but may be asked to:

  • Print a verification letter and take it to a Post Office in London with proof of your age and address
  • Pay £20 at a Post Office

Proof of age can be one of the following:

  • A valid passport
  • An ID card from a European Economic Area country
  • Medical Card
  • Birth certificate
  • A valid driving licence
  • Biometric Residency Permit

Proof of address can be one of the following:

  • Residential utility bill (from last three months)
  • Bank, building society or credit statement (from last three months)
  • Department for Work and Pensions letter (from last three months)
  • HM Revenue and Customs letter (from last three months)
  • Occupational pension letter (from last three months)
  • Council Tax bill
  • Television licence
  • A valid driving licence
  • Council or Housing Association rent book or statement

Need more help with your application?

If you have any problems applying online or proving your age or address at a Post Office, call us on 0343 222 1234 Monday to Friday 08:00-20:00 (charges may apply). Then, select option 1.

Check your application status

  • When you apply for your 60+ London Oyster photocard, we'll set up a photocard web account for you. You can check your application status when you sign in to your photocard web account
  • Text your application reference number to 07624 809 330. You'll receive a response from our SMS service (standard network charges apply)


  • Free travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, Elizabeth line (excluding between West Drayton and Reading) and most National Rail services in London
  • You can travel free on TfL services anytime Monday to Friday, except between 04:30-09:00. You can travel free anytime at weekends and on bank holidays
  • Discounted fares on River Services
  • Discounts on Santander Cycle Hire

Travel on National Rail

You can travel free on most National Rail services anytime Monday to Friday, except between 04:30-09:30. You can travel free anytime on weekends and public holidays.

You can also travel free on these National Rail services:

Service Between
Chiltern Railway Amersham and Marylebone
Chiltern Railway West Ruislip and South Ruislip
Great Northern Finsbury Park and King's Cross and Moorgate
Thameslink West Hampstead Thameslink, Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
London Northwestern Railway Harrow & Wealdstone and Euston
Greater Anglia Stratford and Liverpool Street
c2c Upminster and Fenchurch Street

These routes are free if you travel from 09:00 or 09:30 on weekdays, weekends and public holidays:

Service  Between  Travel from
Southern Clapham Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone 09:00
Southern New Cross Gate and West Croydon/Crystal Palace 09:30
Southern Peckham Rye and Queens Road 09:30
Southeastern Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye 09:30

How to use

Once you get your 60+ London Oyster photocard, you can use it straight away.

Make sure you touch in at the start of your journey and touch out at the end on yellow card readers. You only need to touch in on buses and trams. Find out more about touching in and out.

Use your photocard web account to manage your card or report a lost card.

You can't add credit to your 60+ London Oyster photocard to pay as you go.

Yearly address check and fee

You need to provide proof of your London borough address and pay £10 (non-refundable) for each year you have your photocard.

We'll let you know how and when to do this. Use your photocard web account to keep your contact details up to date so you don't miss any important messages from us.

Your photocard will be stopped if you don't provide proof or if you no longer live in a London borough.

If you're still eligible, you need to apply for a new 60+ London Oyster photocard and pay £20.


When your 60+ London Oyster photocard expires you may be eligible for a Freedom Pass.

If you agreed to share your data with London Councils when you applied for your 60+ London Oyster photocard, they'll send you a letter to confirm your name and address.

Once they've received confirmation and you meet the criteria for a Freedom Pass, London Councils will send you a Freedom Pass. You don't need to apply or provide a new photo.

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