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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging Golden Buckeye Program

The Golden Buckeye Card

More than two million Ohioans are eligible for the Golden Buckeye card, honored at 20,000 businesses statewide. Golden Buckeye cardholders have saved an estimated $2 billion since 1976. All Ohioans age 60 or older, as well as adults age 18-59 who have disabilities as defined by Social Security, are eligible for a free Golden Buckeye card.

The Golden Buckeye Card

How to Get a Card - Ohio residents who hold current Ohio Driver Licenses or State ID cards automatically receive a Golden Buckeye card in the month of their 60th birthday. Individuals who do not have a current license or State ID, as well as people under age 60 who are eligible due to disability, or who otherwise do not receive their card automatically, may apply for a card at most public libraries and senior centers. Due to ID, age and disability (when appropriate) verification requirements, you cannot apply for a Golden Buckeye Card online or by phone.

How to Get a Replacement Card - If your Golden Buckeye Card has been lost, stolen or damaged, call 1-866-301-6446 to request a replacement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prescription Drug Savings

The Golden Buckeye card includes the Ohio's Best Rx prescription drug discount program. Call toll-free 1-866-923-7879 or visit www.ohiobestrx.org for more information.


Golden Buckeye Businesses

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Merchants of all types (e.g., restaurants, retail, auto care, medical and more) voluntarily offer special savings or deals for older Ohioans who carry the Golden Buckeye card. The savings offered will vary: Some offer a percentage off a total purchase, others offer special deals on certain products or services. Limitations may apply. 

Most participating merchants display the Golden Buckeye logo on their door, in their window or at the checkout, but many do not. That's why we encourage you to ask about Golden Buckeye or any other type of discount whenever and wherever you spend money.

Businesses that honor the Golden Buckeye card receive no compensation from the State of Ohio for their participation. Please repay their kindness with your regular patronage (and save some money in the process).


Businesses: Join the Program

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Ohio’s Golden Buckeye program is the oldest and largest partnership in the country between businesses and state government to benefit older Ohioans and people with disabilities. We invite you to become one of the 16,000+ Ohio businesses that recognize our seniors and people with disabilities with special savings on goods and services. There is no cost to participate and you determine the amount and type of savings you wish to offer.

To enroll, complete our online Business Participation Agreement.

Be a Golden Buckeye!

Golden Buckeyes are not defined by their age, but inspired by it. They are respected and vital members of their communities who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. They make smart decisions to improve and maintain their health throughout the lifespan. They know their options and seek opportunities. They leverage their power as consumers and expect excellence. By striving for the highest quality of life, Golden Buckeyes help Ohio stay on the leading edge of innovation and be responsive to our growing and changing older population.

Examples of ways you may unleash your power as a Golden Buckeye include:

  • Eating well and exercising regularly
  • Participating in athletic activity or competitions
  • Inspiring others through works of art or performance
  • Learning new information or mastering new skills
  • Mentoring younger generations
  • Volunteering your time and talents to help others
  • Planning for your future needs and preferences
  • Much more!

Resources to help you unleash your power

Lifelong learning - Continuing education at any age improves physical and mental well-being and gives you more to contribute to work and volunteer endeavors.

Volunteer opportunities - Today's volunteer opportunities take the unique skills and interests of Golden Buckeyes into consideration.

Employment for seniors - More Golden Buckeyes are choosing to stay in or return to the workforce, and many employers are paying attention.

Healthy lifestyle programs - Maximize your quality of life and independence by taking preventive measures and maintaining your health throughout the lifespan.

Successful caregiving - Individuals who recognize themselves as caregivers and seek appropriate assistance are more successful in their caregiver roles.

Senior Centers - Each Ohio senior center is tailored to the interests of the Golden Buckeyes in its community.

Area agencies on aging - Your area agency on aging can help you and your family make informed decisions and access quality, person-centered services, supports and resources.