Youth riders, between the ages of 11 and 18, will need a VRE issued
Reduced Fare ID to purchase discounted tickets. Previous forms of
identification will no longer be accepted. Children 10 and under ride
for free with a fare paying adult.
Below are the most asked questions regarding the Youth Reduced Fare
ID program. We will update the list periodically based on inquiries made
by passengers. If you have a question, feel free to email
What information do I need to fill out in order to receive an ID?
Passengers requesting the VRE Reduced-Fare Youth ID, must fill
out the Reduced Fare ID application.
Please keep in mind that the application must also be signed by a
parent or guardian.
How can I submit my application?
There are several ways for you to submit your application, which are
listed below. Please keep in mind that you must submit a headshot.jpg
in order to have your application processed. If you do not have the
means to provide a .jpg, you can stop by our office and we can take
the picture for you. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday, 7am to 7pm.
- Fax your application to (703) 838-5422
- Email your application to Anna Gotthardt
- Mail your application to our office:
Virginia Railway Express
Attn: Reduced Fare Youth ID
1500 King Street, Suite 202
Alexandria, VA 22314
- Drop it off at the VRE Headquarters
How long does it take for me to receive my ID?
It will take a maximum of 10 business days, from the day we receive the
information, for you to receive your ID, assuming all required items have
Why won't the vendors accept my child's birth certificate
or school ID as proof of age?
By requiring all youth, between the ages of 11 and 18, to fill out an
application, we can keep better track of the individuals using the program
and ensure that it is not being abused.
Can I purchase discounted tickets for my child?
No. Reduced Fare Youth tickets can only be purchased by the youth.
However, they can be purchased by the parents if the youth, in possession
of the ID, is present.
My local vendor doesn't sell the Reduced Fare tickets.
Where can I purchase them?
Discount tickets can be purchased at specific vendors. Please visit
the Vendor Information page
for a list of these vendors. Another way to purchase VRE tickets is
by automatic recurring ticket order with Commuter Direct. They'll set
up an account, establish your eligibility and even work with a variety
of transit benefits providers. Then they will mail your VRE tickets
directly to you. No special trips or waiting in line ever again!
Contact CommuterDirect at (703) 228-RIDE to set up your account.
Do I need to have my ID while I am on the train?
Yes, all youth passengers traveling on a reduced fare ticket must
carry their qualifying ID.
I receive my tickets from CommuterDirect. Do I need to
send them a copy of this ID?
Once received, you will need to provide them with a copy of your new
ID and the approved application to remain eligible to receive the discount.