CharlieCard Expiration FAQ
Does a CharlieCard expire?
Yes, CharlieCards have different expirations for the various programs they cover. General public CharlieCards have ten year expirations. Senior and TAP customers can find their expiration printed on their SR/TAP badge. Student cards expire at the end of each school year.
Can the expiration date of a CharlieCard be changed?
Yes, the MBTA will update general public cards that are still being used to extend the expiration date another two years. Customers will have to tap their card on any MBTA device to receive the update before the card expiration. You will know that your card has been updated when you receive a “Card Updated” message on the screen.
CharlieCards will receive an update in the month they are set to expire.
Reduced Fare Program cards (for seniors, persons with disabilities, passengers who are blind/visually impaired, and junior-high and high school students) will still expire on the date printed on the card.
How can I see my CharlieCard’s expiration date?
CharlieCard expiration dates can be found by tapping the card at a Fare Vending Machine and using the Card/Ticket Information button. The expiration of the card is under the general information section of the screen.
What can I do with an expired CharlieCard that still has value on it?
Stored value can be transferred at the CharlieCard Store located adjacent to the Red and Orange Lines in Downtown Crossing, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Expired Senior CharlieCards and TAP CharlieCards can also be renewed at the CharlieCard Store. Cards can also be mailed to:
10 Park Plaza Rm 4730
Boston Ma, 02116
Stored Value on cards mailed in will be transferred to a new card. There are no cash refunds.