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December 3, 2013 > No more photos for Youth Clipper Cards

No more photos for Youth Clipper Cards

Submitted By Clarence Johnson

Citing it as an unnecessary obstacle, the AC Transit Board of Directors has eliminated the requirement for a photo ID on the AC Transit Youth Clipper card. It means it is now easier for youths between the ages of five and 18 to get a Clipper Card-- and the discounts it offers-- without having to come to AC Transit headquarters to apply for one.

Instead, AC Transit youth riders may now apply for a Youth Clipper card by mail, email or fax, and then receive a registered Youth Clipper card in the mail. If they wish to obtain a Youth card the same day, they can still come to the Customer Service Center at 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland, Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

ÒThe photo mandate was preventing some youths from applying for Clipper Cards because it was just too difficult for them to get to our downtown office to sign up.ÕÕ said AC Transit General Manager David Armijo. ÒSo they were missing out on the advantages of having the card, including fare discounts that are only available with the card. We want the card to be accessible to everybody and now there is a much better chance of that without the photo requirement.Ó

The Youth Clipper card allows the purchase of discounted passes, such as the AC Transit Youth Local 31-Day Pass, to ride an unlimited number of times at a discounted price. The AC Transit Youth Local 31-Day Pass is currentlyÊ$20. Customers can also load cash onto the cards and applicable discounts will be automatically calculated when the card is used. Discounted passes may be purchased online, at participating retailers - including most Walgreens stores - and by phone.

Qualified riders with Youth Clipper cards can take advantage of youth discounts on other Bay Area agencies that accept Clipper, including BART, Muni, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, San Francisco Bay Ferry, SamTrans and VTA. (Different age requirements may apply.)

For complete details about the Clipper Card, please visit,, or call Clipper Customer Service at 877-878-8883, or visit AC TransitÕs Customer Service Centers, 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland.

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