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16+ Travel Card Application Information

To apply for a Kent 16+Travel Card for the period 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017, every applicant must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of Kent (i.e. paying Council Tax to a Kent district council for KCC services)
  • Attend a participating education or work-based learning provider.  Kent 16+ Travel Cards will be sent to your education or work-based learning provider for collection.

From June 2016, applications (BUT NOT PAYMENTS) for the 2016 /17 Academic Year Kent 16+ Travel Passes will be made directly by students to KCC Public Transport on-line at www.kent.gov.uk/post16travel. Students will also be able to apply directly in the post sending an application form (available from the aforementioned website) and passport photograph to:

Kent 16+ Travel Card, Kent County Council, Public Transport, PO Box 441, Aylesford, Kent ME6 9HJ.

Students will need to apply by 15 July 2016 for their pass to be ready for the first day of term in September.  If you apply after 15 July 2016 Kent County Council will process your application within 28 working days.

KCC/TMS will not refund bus fares which are payable until your pass is ready but KCC has an agreement with bus operators to let any child travel without charge for the first few days of term to allow them to collect their passes.


The full year cost is £400, payment must be received in full by the school before the card is issued.  Non-payment would result in the card being cancelled.  Payments can be made online via www.scopay.com/malling or cash/cheque made payable to The Malling School.  If you wish to apply for a 16-19 bursary to assist with the cost of the Travel Card, applications can be made in September.  However, successful applications meeting the eligibility criteria will not be confirmed until October, therefore the cost of the Travel Card is payable in full and any refunds due will be made in Term 2.

Applications to Kent County Council for a travel card part-way through the year will be charged at a pro-rata fee, details of which are shown in the table below.

The cost of part-year cards, based on the date of receipt of the application would be:

A card valid from the start of academic year £400
A card valid for the start of term 2 ( 31 October 2016) £340
A card valid for the start of term 3 ( 3 January 2017) £280
A card valid for the start of term 4 (20 February 2017) £210
A card valid for the start of term 5 ( 18 April 2017) £140
A card valid for the start of term 6 (5 June 2017)* £70

*All applications must be received no later than 5th May 2017

Terms and Conditions

Further information and full terms and conditions are available at www.kent.gov.uk/post16travel.  By applying for a Kent 16+ Travel Card, you acknowledge that you have read and accept these terms.

Lost, stolen or damaged passes

Where the card has been lost, stolen or damaged, a replacement will be issued subject to the current replacement fee. Replacement cards at a cost of £10 each are only available through KCC. To order a replacement card with payment by credit or debit card please call 0300 041 84 84.  Alternatively, please send a cheque made payable to Kent County Council to the address below along with a covering note;

Kent 16+ Travel Card (Replacement), Kent County Council, Public Transport, PO Box 441, Aylesford, Kent, ME6 9HJ

Should the replacement be lost, stolen or damaged, two further replacements (at a cost of £10 each) may be obtained before a further application to join the scheme will be required.