Dorset school travel passes
We send a Dorset school travel pass to your home address by second class post. Your school bus pass will last for your entire attendance at your school or college (unless your entitlement changes). You will not be re-issued a pass every year.
We're fitting all school vehicles with electronic chip readers. This is so we can check your pass on the school vehicle and record your journey using the electronic chip on your pass.
You can find your route number on the pass (see photo of bus pass).
For most passes there will be one route number displayed where the morning and afternoon route are the same. Both numbers will show on the card if you have different route numbers for the morning and afternoon. The first number is the route number for your morning route. The second is for your afternoon journey.
Scholars bus passes (passes for public bus routes)
We send your scholars bus pass to your home address. Your pass will be renewed every year if you are still entitled.
When will I get my pass?
You should get your pass within 10 working days of being told your transport arrangements. Contact School Transport if you haven't received it.
Lost or damaged bus passes
If you lose or damage your bus pass and it needs replacing during the academic year, you must get a temporary pass until you're issued a replacement. You cannot use transport without one. You can get one from your school office or the School Transport team.
If your pass is damaged, you must return the original pass to Dorset Travel.
School contract bus pass
Report a lost bus pass online if you travel on a school contract bus and have a Dorset Council (DC) pass.
It costs £15 for a replacement pass. If the pass needs replacing more than once it will cost £25, subject to a regular review.
Bus company pass
If you're trying to purchase surplus seats or renew a pass for an One School One Operator (OSOO) school you must contact the operator directly to purchase a pass.
See the below table which shows all OSOO schools and their corresponding operator:
Routes and timetables
Your pass will only valid for your designated route. However you can get on and off the bus at any stop within your route.
You cannot use it on other services without authorisation from the School Transport team.
If you have moved since you first applied for a school place you must complete a new transport application. This is to check whether you are entitled from your new address.
View routes and timetables.