Registered Blind SmartPass

To be eligible to apply for a Registered Blind SmartPass you must be registered as blind with your local Health and Social Care Trust and be permanently resident in Northern Ireland for a period of at least three months.

How to apply

If you are already registered blind, you can get an application form from the Sensory Support Team at your local Health and Social Care Trust.

If you believe you should be registered as blind, contact your local trust directly.

You can find more guidance on how to apply for a pass at this link: 

You will never be contacted asking for any bank account details when you're applying for or renewing a SmartPass. 

Lost, stolen or faulty SmartPass

You must report your lost or stolen SmartPass to Translink as soon as possible, to cancel it and avoid the likelihood of fraudulent use.

If anyone else tries to use a stolen pass, Translink staff will be alerted. 

Unauthorised use of a SmartPass will result in prosecution.

If a Registered Blind SmartPass is lost, stolen or faulty the SmartPass holder can apply for a free replacement.  

For faulty SmartPasses only, a temporary ticket will be issued entitling the card holder to travel on all Translink services for seven days.

To report a stolen SmartPass, or if you have any queries about lost or faulty cards, you should visit your local Translink station or phone: 

  • 028 9066 6630

Using a Registered Blind SmartPass

Your SmartPass contains a small electronic chip which will automatically check your eligibility to free travel.

Simply hand over your SmartPass to the bus driver, ticket clerk at the station or conductor on board the train and tell them where you're going. They will then return your pass and issue you with your ticket, which you must keep.

You must always remember to show your pass on boarding. If you do not show your pass, you will have to pay the full fare for your journey.

You should note that:

  • Registered Blind SmartPasses are issued for the sole purpose of providing eligibility for concessionary travel on scheduled services provided by Translink and other participating operators
  • Registered Blind SmartPasses are valid on point-to-point cross border bus and rail services but not on journeys made entirely within the Republic of Ireland
  • Registered Blind SmartPasses are not transferable, nor are any tickets issued with them
  • use of the Registered Blind SmartPass is subject to the full conditions of carriage of the transport operator
  • the SmartPass remains the property of the Department for Infrastructure and may be withdrawn at any time
  • it is the responsibility of Registered Blind SmartPass holders to keep their SmartPass in good working condition


The Concessionary Fares Scheme privacy notice is available on the DfI website.

You can find out more information about the SmartPass at this link:

Glider services

You can use your Registered Blind SmartPass on all Glider services.

SmartPass users do not need to use Glider ticket vending machines but must tap their card on a validator at the Glider halt before boarding the Glider. 

    Renewing a SmartPass

    Your SmartPass will run out after five years. A renewal form will be sent to you three months before your existing pass expires.

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