ORCA LIFT Reduced Fare Program

What You Need to Qualify

Household income amount

People with household income of less than double the federal poverty level (as established by US Health and Human Services Department) qualify for ORCA LIFT.

Household Size Maximum Income to Qualify*
1 $23,760
2 $32,040
3 $40,320
4 $48,600
5 $56,880
6 $65,160
7 $73,460
8  $81,780

*Effective April 1, 2016. Subject to change without notice.

Enroll Today!

If you think you qualify, visit one of the authorized ORCA LIFT enrollment offices with your income verification documents. The process takes just minutes. The office will confirm your eligibility, officially register you, and give you your free ORCA LIFT card.

Income verification documents

If you are already in one of the following benefits programs:

  • Apple Health/Medicaid recipients: ProviderOne medical services card. The agency can verify your current eligibility on washingtonconnection.org.
  • Washington Basic Food Program recipients: EBT (electronic benefits transfer) Card. The agency can verify your current eligibility on washingtonconnection.org.
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients: The agency can verify your current eligibility on washingtonconnection.org, or you can provide a copy of your award letter.

If you are in another defined benefits program:

  • Employment Security paystub or letter for applicants receiving unemployment benefits.
  • Award letters for SSI, Social Security, or Railroad
  • Retirement recipients.
  • L & I statement for workers’ compensation recipients.

If you have no income:

  • Employment Security verification form.
  • With identification, Employment Security can verify that you received no income and are therefore eligible.

If you are employed

Employed (with a paycheck): Paystubs for the last 30 days.

Employed (paid in cash): Letter from the employer signed and dated with gross income for the client for the last 30 days; or a bank statement from you if you deposit your cash in their 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.

Documents that prove who you are:

  1. 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 -
  2. A combination of two or more 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

Reduced Fare.
Increased Possibilities.

Presentations Available

ORCA LIFT program presentations are available on site at your organization. E-mail your requests here.

Please include:

  • Name of your organization
  • Audience
  • Type of information you would like presented
  • Preferred date and time of presentation
  • Your contact information



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