Although the Illinois Circuit Breaker Program ended in 2012, seniors and disabled Illinois residents can still receive the free transit rides and $75 license plate discounts offered under the program. To qualify, applicants must be residents of Illinois, 65 or older or at least 16 years old and completely disabled, and have an income below a certain threshold for their household size.
Application Must Be Filed Online
Both first-time and renewal applications for the Benefit Access Program must be filed online on the Illinois Department on Aging website. To begin, you will be prompted to enter your first and last name, Social Security number and birth date. Next, you'll be asked a set of pre-qualification questions, such as your age. If you qualify for the program based on your answers, you will then be asked to provide information such as your source and amount of income and whether other persons in your home also qualify for the program. You will be asked to select the benefits you wish to apply for -- license plate discount and ride free transit card. Once all fields are complete, submit the application. If approved for benefits, you will be issued an eligibility certificate, which is attached to your online account and can be printed out. Your eligibility remains effective for two years. Renewal applications can be submitted within 90 days before your current benefits expire.