Who is it for?

Card type

ORCA LIFT – fares and passes at even lower cost

Who is it for?

Customers with lower incomes.

Card price

$0 new card / $3 replacement card

In Person

Get the most out of transit with reduced fares and ORCA LIFT! This pass offers a convenient, more affordable way to get anywhere participating transit agencies can take you in the Puget Sound area.

Household income amount

To qualify, your gross household income (before taxes are taken out) must be no more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, as established by the US Health and Human Services Department.

200% of Federal Poverty Level
Family Size

Apply for a Card

Adding fares to your ORCA card

No matter the application method, there is no card fee for the first ORCA LIFT card, and replacement cards are just $3.00 each.

Your ORCA LIFT card gives you a reduced fare on certain transit systems in the Puget Sound region. ORCA LIFT cards will also work on other ORCA transit agencies that don’t offer a reduced fare, but you’ll need to pay the full fare.


One way fare prices with ORCA Lift

Community Transit (Local/Swift)
Community Transit (Commuter)
Everett Transit
King County Metro Buses
King County Water Taxi
West Seattle
Vashon Island
Kitsap Transit Buses and Foot Ferries
Kitsap Transit Fast Ferries
Seattle Streetcar
Seattle Monorail
Sounder Trains
Sound Transit Buses
Sound Transit Link Light Rail
Pierce Transit
Washington State Ferries

How and where to apply?


Use the Reduced Fare Portal. Receive your card in 7-10 days.

By Phone

Call the Community Health Access Program (CHAP) at 1-800-756-5437. Receive your card in 7-10 days.

In Person

Visit one of the authorized enrollment offices around King County. Receive your ORCA LIFT card that day.

Documents that prove who you are

Current Government-issued photo ID

  • Driver’s license (any state or country)
  • Photo ID card from any state, province, county or country
  • Armed Services ID with photo
  • ID card from any foreign consulate
  • Passport from any country
  • School photo ID—university, college, high school
  • Tribal ID
  • US certificate of citizenship, naturalization (signature, photo)
  • Any other form of photo ID issued by a government agency of any country

Or, a combination of two or more of these documents:

Non-government-issued document with name and a photo of you as an adult, and a document that indicates your name and birthdate, such as:

  • Adoption papers
  • Baptismal records
  • Birth certificate
  • Border crossing card
  • Court order
  • DHS “Trusted Traveler” cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • Driver’s instruction permit
  • DSHS identification letter for those in custodianship
  • Employee ID card
  • Immigration ID
  • Marriage license
  • School records / transcript (certified)
  • Social Security card
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Unemployment card

Acceptable income verification documents

Proof of enrollment in the following State programs:

  • Apple Health/Medicaid (ProviderOne)
  • Washington Basic Food (EBT Card)
  • WIC (Women Infants Children)

Award Letters

  • Statement from Unemployment
  • L & I statement
  • Other award letters: Social Security, Supplemental Security Income

If you currently do not have any source of income

  • Employment Security verification form (or screen shot from website) showing no income

If you are employed and paid by an employer

  • Proof of gross income for last 30 days (paystubs, screen shot showing income before any deductions taken)
  • If paid in cash, a statement signed and dated by employer stating gross income for the last 30 days; or a bank statement showing money deposited into your account


  • Copy of your most recent tax return. Income is based on the modified adjusted gross income on your most recent tax return: Form 1040 line 37; Form 1040 A, line 21; Form 1040 EZ, line 4; or completion of the self-employment worksheet
  • Gig Workers (such as Uber, Lyft, Door Dash): proof of your income (after expenses) for last 30 days

Learn more about ORCA card programs

There’s a card for everyone.

View our program guide


ages 19-64

Check if your school or employer can help with costs

Adult ORCA
Full Cost


ages 6-18*

Check if your school can help with costs

Youth ORCA
Lower Cost

Low Income Households

See if you qualify
Lower Cost


ages 65+
Regional Reduced Fare Permit
Even Lower Cost

Disabilities or Medicare

Regional Reduced Fare Permit
Even Lower Cost

Certain State Benefit Programs

Subsidized Annual Pass
No Cost