Transit ID enables people 62 years and up, those with disabilities,
students and children to ride CATS fixed route bus and light rail
service at reduced rates. The IDs are made at the Charlotte
Transportation Center, located at 310 East Trade Street, Monday through
Friday, in Pavilion A from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost of the ID is
CATS offers the following types of Transit IDs:
- Senior ID. People 62 years of age and up who do
not have a Medicare card may apply for a transit photo ID by presenting
proof of age and identity.
- STUDENT ID. Students in enrolled in grades 6-12 accompanied by a parent or guardian may purchase
a student ID by bringing a current progress report, current report
card, or current year school ID to the Charlotte Transportation
Center. A student ID allows you to ride CATS fixed route services at
- Child ID. Children must be enrolled in grades K-5 accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Disabled ID. A customer may request a disabled
ID if they have a valid Medicare card or they have their doctor
complete a CATS certificate of Disability Form. Forms are available at
the Transportation Center or you can download the form by clicking here.
Acceptable forms of identification when obtaining the Disabled\Handicap
ID along with a completed Certificate of Disability includes:
- Employment ID with photo
- Drivers license
- Government issued photo ID
- Union card with photo
Customers purchasing and riding with a Senior/ADA monthly pass, ADA
10 ride ticket or a senior ticket issued from a LYNX Ticket Vending
Machine must be prepared to provide a valid Medicare card or Transit
ID. Customers riding with a valid Transit ID need to show it to the bus
operator when boarding and may be asked to show it to a LYNX fare
inspector or police officer. Riders with Medicare cards only just need
to show their card to ride at a reduced rate.