How to Get an Ohio Golden Buckeye Card

Ohio Residents 60 and Older Save Big with This Discount Card

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If you're relocating to the state of Ohio and are 60 years or older (or disabled), be sure to look into the Golden Buckeye Card program.

This card, issued by the state of Ohio Department of Aging, offers residents 60 years and older, and disabled adults age 18 to 59, thousands of discounts via the Golden Buckeye program. Since 1976, cardholders have saved more than $2 billion, and more than two million Ohio residents are currently eligible for the program.

More than 20,000 businesses such as restaurants, dry cleaners, florists, animal hospitals, car repair shops, motels, and state park campgrounds participate in the Golden Buckeye program. Many businesses display the Golden Buckeye logo; if not, ask whether they accept it before making a purchase. Participating businesses accepting the card receive no compensation from the state of Ohio.

Getting a Golden Buckeye Card is easy and should only take 15 minutes, but once you receive it, you'll soon see how quickly the savings add up. 

Getting and Replacing a Card

If you are a registered driver (or have a state-issued, non-driving ID card) in the state of Ohio, the state will automatically send you a Golden Buckeye Card around your 60th birthday. If you have a state ID but didn't receive your card, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles may have an incorrect address for you, so you will need to contact your local office online or by phone.

If you are new to Ohio or if you don't have a state ID, you can apply at most Ohio public libraries and senior centers. You must apply in person if you didn't get your card in the mail. Allow six to eight weeks to receive your card.

In order to apply for a Golden Buckeye Card, you will need to provide a valid proof of age or disability; acceptable forms include a Medicare card, SSDI documentation, or documentation issued by a state department certifying a disability or public employee retirement.

If your card is lost, damaged, or stolen, you will need to call the office of the Ohio Department of Aging to request a replacement card. Once you've filed a proper complaint, you should receive a new card in six to eight weeks.

Discounts and Savings in the Program

While most restaurants, hotels, and other businesses in Ohio proudly display the Golden Buckey logo in their windows or at the cash register, if you want to plan ahead for a trip to Columbus or other major cities in Ohio, you can check for participating retailers either by county or by city.

You can generally expect discounts between 10 and 20 percent off at most places that accept the Golden Buckey card. Since the program started with an emphasis on small businesses, you'll most likely find discounts at local restaurants, auto care centers, and elderly care facilities than at chain eateries or corporate businesses.

Additionally, if you don't have prescription insurance or if your Medicare Part D doesn't cover a drug, the card also includes access to Ohio's Best Rx prescription drug discount program. You can get the prescription card by visiting Ohio's Best Rx website.