Circuit Breaker

Circuit Breaker Program

The Illinois Department on Aging’s Circuit Breaker program provides grants to senior citizens and persons with disabilities, to help them reduce the impact of taxes and prescription medications on their lives.  When the costs of property taxes and prescription medicines begin to “overload” our seniors and persons with disabilities, this program steps in to help, just as a circuit breaker prevents overloads in an electrical system.

Seniors may apply for:

  • Seniors Free Transit Ride
  • Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride
  • Secretary of State License Plate Discount
To be determined eligible for these benefits, you must submit a Benefit Access Application on the Internet.Paper applications are not available.
Once your application is approved you may print a certificate of eligibility to take to your local transit authority or Secretary of State Office. Please wait 10 business days from the date of your approval for your discount to be available.
If you have questions or would like to locate a Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP) site near you for assistance, contact the Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).

Apply Online

To file your application on the Internet,  click the link to the Benefit Access Application to apply online.
For information or help applying, visit a local office of the following:
Call toll-free:
1-800-252-8966 or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY)
Note: Have your Social Security number ready when you call.

Write to:

Illinois Department on Aging
1 Natural Resources Way, Suite 100
Springfield, IL 62702
E-mail to:

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