RTC Eligibility

The RTC program has 2 different applications for the program.

  1. Basic eligibility, or
  2. Medical eligibility

Applicants to the RTC program can choose to apply using either Basic or Medical eligibility. 

  1. If you apply using the Basic Eligibility form, you will be required to renew your card periodically.
  2. If you apply using the Medical Eligibility form you will need certification by your California doctor. As of January 2020, if your disability is certified as permanent, you will not need to renew.

You can download the eligibility forms or pick them up at a Transit Agency RTC processing location or you can request these forms are mailed to you. Find your local Transit Agency RTC Processing Location at the bottom of the Transit Agency RTC Processing Locations page.

Basic Eligibility

Download the Basic Eligibility Form (PDF)

To apply for Basic Eligibility, bring original documents of one of the following with your application:

  • Medicare card, the federally-issued red, white, and blue card - only for those under 65 years of age. (NOTE: Medi-Cal is not accepted for eligibility.)
  • California DMV Placard Registration parking placard receipt. If you bring the blue or red placard, you must also bring the registration receipt. For applicants with disabled license plates (DP) instead of a placard, please submit a "Medical Eligibility" form.
  • Other California transit agency card that is equivalent to the RTC Card.
  • Proof of Veterans Disability-- A copy of your Service Connected Disability ID card and your VA Certification letter demonstrating a disability rating for aid and attendance, or for a service-connected disability with a rating level of 50% or higher. Please note that it may take more than several months to verify your application with the VA due to their current work volume. For a quicker turnaround, it is recommended that you submit a "Medical Certification" application instead.
  • The transit agency staff will take a photocopy of the supporting documentation and submit it with your application. Staff will also take your photo for printing on the RTC card.

Medical Eligibility

Download the Medical Eligibility Form (PDF)

To apply under "Medical Eligibility" you must have a licensed professional (see list below) certify your disability.

Application steps:

  1. Complete section 1 of the Medical Certification form.
  2. Sign the application in Sections 2 and 3: Your signature in Section 2 authorizes your doctor to release information, your signature in Section 3 is your acceptance of the RTC Program terms. If you application is not signed in the right places, it cannot be verified.
  3. Bring the Medical Certification form to your licensed professional. They will complete Section 4 of the form which certifies the disability.
  4. Bring the completed application form with you when you have your photo taken at your transit agency.
  • It is recommended that you have the form completed before going to the transit agency to have your photo taken.
  • If your doctor has not completed their portion of the form, the application verification process may take more than 21 days.

Photocopies of the Medical Certification are not accepted under any circumstances.

Licensed professionals listed below can complete the Medical Certification, Section 4, of the form. License must be issued by the State of California.

  • Licensed physicians with an M.D. or D.O. degree, licensed physician's assistants and nurse practitioners may certify in all categories in which they are licensed to diagnose
  • Licensed chiropractors, categories 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Licensed podiatrists, disabilities involving the feet under categories 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Licensed optometrists (OPT), category 9
  • Licensed audiologists (AU), category 10
  • Licensed clinical psychologists (PSY) and licensed educational psychologists (LEP), categories 15, 16 and 17
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Counselors (MFT), and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), category 17

The medical certifier's address and medical license information are required as part of the Medical Certification form. The certifier will be verified with the  California Medical License Board, and recorded in the RTC database.

Eligibility Criteria Section Codes

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