Student ID

Applications for the next academic year 2021-2022 will be available from August 30, 2021.

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Student ID

To get the discounted student fare, you must have a GO-approved student ID and a reloadable PRESTO card. You also must set up your PRESTO card for student fares and ensure to load funds onto the card in order to travel on GO Transit.

The type of student ID you need depends on whether you’re going to elementary, high, or post-secondary school. 

Make sure to always carry your student ID to show for fare inspection.

Elementary and High School Students

Are you 13- to 19-years-old? You must have a valid, current-year student ID from a Canadian school when travelling on GO.

You don’t need a separate GO student ID unless your school doesn’t issue a student ID.

School IDs are valid until October 31st, in most cases, following the year of issue. For example, an ID issued for the 2020 to 2021 school year is valid until October 31, 2021. However, we do reserve the right to amend this date depending on the circumstances.

Post-Secondary Students

Are you a full-time student as defined by the post-secondary institution where you are enrolled and attending a program for a minimum period of 8 consecutive weeks? You must have a GO-approved student ID in order to pay the student fare. The ID can be from either your school or GO Transit.

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Which School ID You Can Use

Your student ID from your school must:

  • Be issued by a Canadian college or university, including career colleges registered under the Private Career Colleges Act (excluding online courses, institutions, and ESL programs).
  • Be issued annually.
  • Show an expiry date of the current academic year.
  • Show your full-time status.

If you’re a registered, full-time student at one of these listed post-secondary schools, you may apply online for an electronic GO Transit student ID.

How to Apply for Student ID from GO Transit

You can apply for a GO Transit student ID online.

Reminder: Prior to October 31, 2021 – if you are:

  • A returning student, you are able to use last years’ GO Transit Student ID (verify the expiration date of your ID card is still valid)
  • A student aged 19 and under, your high school-issued student ID card still acts as a valid student identification
  • A student aged 19 and under without a high school-issued ID, or a student aged 20+ please apply for your GO Transit Student ID card online.

Click here to view the legal application details.

Special Exceptions

  • McMaster University: To qualify for the GO Transit post-secondary fare discount you must be enrolled as a full time student and have the 2021/2022 HSR Bus Pass from your Mosaic account loaded on your PRESTO card. Simply visit any staffed GO Transit Ticket Counter or a participating Customer Service Outlet to set the student rate on the same PRESTO card. Please visit for more information including finding the closest Customer Service Outlets near you. A separate GO issued Student ID is not required. GO Transit will accept this PRESTO card for travel on GO trains/buses. For travel with GO Transit students have to load money and set the student concession on the card.

What to Do if You Delete Your Electronic Student ID

If you accidentally delete the email that has your electronic GO Transit student ID, contact or phone us at 416-869-3600 ext. 7272. We’ll re-send your ID.

What to Do If Your School Isn’t Listed

Are you a full-time student at a post-secondary school that isn’t listed above or doesn’t issue student ID cards that match GO’s guidelines? Get in touch with us by email or by phone at 416-869-3600 ext: 7272.