Benefit Access Program

License Plate Discount and Ride Free Transit Benefits

Older adults may be eligible for a discount on license plate stickers and RTA-Metra free ride cards. Bacoa’s staff can help you apply for or renew the Benefit Access application.

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Who is Eligible?

  • Low-income Illinois residents who are disabled or aged 65 or older
  • Eligibility for these programs is determined by age, residency, and income.
  • Benefits are available for two years once you have been approved.
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License Plate Discount

“The discount allows eligible vehicle owners a little relief in their budgets while continuing to enjoy the freedom that comes with owning a vehicle.
If you or someone you know qualifies for reduced-fee license plates, I encourage you to take advantage of this money-saving opportunity.”

Jesse White
Illinois Secretary of State


The discount may be applied to the following plate categories:

  • Passenger
  • B-Truck
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Military
  • Recreational Vehicle (up to 8,000 pounds)


The discount may be used for one license plate sticker titled to the person the discount is issued.

Only one discount per household per year is allowed.

Ride Free Program

State legislation provides free rides for Illinois residents enrolled in the Benefit Access Program.

Participants will receive a Ride Free Permit—an ID card that can be used on regularly scheduled CTA, RTA-Metra, and Pace buses or trains.

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What You Need to Apply

Per the Benefit Access Application

  • Your correct Social Security number. You must have a Social Security number to apply.
  • Proof of income.
  • If you are married and living together, your spouse’s correct Social Security number and date of birth. Your spouse must have a Social Security number for you to apply.

We’re here for you.

Bacoa is your connection to helpful resources. Our team is ready to assist with any aging-related needs. We look forward to connecting with you.