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The Golden Buckeye program is a service of the Ohio Department of Aging.

Most commonly honored at locally owned, small businesses.

Ask wherever you spend money for a Golden Buckeye or senior discount.

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Open to Ohio residents age 60 or older, as well as adults with disabilities.

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The Golden Buckeye Program

 Making community connections since 1976

Golden Buckeye: Making Community Connections since 1976The Golden Buckeye program has been helping older Ohioans and other eligible adults make community connections for more than four decades. Nearly 2.5 million Ohioans are eligible for the Golden Buckeye card, including all Ohioans age 60 or older, as well as adults age 18-59 who have disabilities as defined by Social Security. The program empowers older Ohioans to become active, loyal customers who seek value and reward quality. It also supports locally owned and operated small businesses, which are vital to the character of each community.

The Golden Buckeye program is a service of the Ohio Department of Aging. For assistance using the card or for referral to local services and supports, please call 1-800-422-1976.

Where to Use Your Card - At its heart, the Golden Buckeye program is a small business program, so you'll have the most luck using your card at locally owned, small businesses and service providers. Some participating merchants display the Golden Buckeye logo on their door, in their window or at the checkout, and some will ask if you have a Golden Buckeye Card. However, the best way to engage and save is to ask anywhere you spend money about a Golden Buckeye or other discount for which you may qualify.

Merchants of all types voluntarily offer special savings or deals for Golden Buckeye cardholders. Types of locally owned businesses and services that may honor the Golden Buckeye Card include:

  • A variety of local businesses and services honor the Golden Buckeye Card.Food, Dining and Entertainment: Bakeries, high school events, grocery stores, museums, specialty markets and restaurants
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Dentists, fitness equipment stores, fitness centers, optometrists and sporting goods stores
  • Home and Auto: Auto services, bike repair shops, hardware stores, home improvement stores, home repairs, maintenance, landscaping and nurseries
  • Lodging: Bed and breakfasts, camping and RV parks and Ohio State Parks
  • Pets: Pet groomers and veterinary clinics
  • Other: Craft and sewing stores, florists, hair styling, resale shops and more!

Below are some examples of the types of businesses that participate in the Golden Buckeye program and the types of savings they offer. Follow our page on Facebook for more business suggestions and tips.

Let Golden Buckeye help you take care of your best friend

Let Golden Buckeye help you take care of your best friendYour pet is more than a pet to you. It's your best friend, it's your confidant, it's family. As with any family member, you want your furry, finned or feathered friends to have the best care to say healthy and happy. Many Ohio veterinarians honor the Golden Buckeye card, helping to make caring for your best friend a little more affordable. A few examples of participating vets are below, but ask about a Golden Buckeye or senior discount (if you qualify) wherever you take your pet for care.

Day Heights Veterinary Clinic
5628 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road, Milford | 513-248-0904
10% off professional services, excludes food and medications.

Fremont Animal Hospital
2357 Sean Drive, Fremont | 419-332-2659
3% off, excludes prescription diets.

Lewis Animal Hospital
5104 Lewis Avenue, Toledo | 419-476-9105
10% office visits and vaccines.

Maple Run Veterinary Clinic
4400 State Routh 61, Mt. Gilead | 419-946-8456
$5 off office call.

Oak Pointe Veterinary Care
3165 Reese Road NW, Dover | 740-229-4065
10% off services.

Ohio State University Veterinary Medical School
Locations in Columbus and Dublin | 614-292-3551
5% off services, must present Golden Buckeye Card.

The Family Pet Clinic
5151 Turney Road, Garfield Heights | 216-662-1770
10% off professional services.

Ask the merchant for discount details. Discounts cannot be combined with other discounts, offers, coupons, sales or specials.


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We recommend asking anywhere you spend money if they honor the Golden Buckeye card or offer a senior discount (if you qualify). Here are a few businesses that have recently signed up, confirmed their participation in the program or updated their offers to cardholders. Please check them out and show your appreciation for their participation.

Supreme Nut & Candy
3 locations in Cincinnati | 513-662-1055
10% off Tuesdays only.

Weiland Jewelers
54 West Main Street, Logan | 740-385-2331
10% off purchase.

Captivating Canines
12 East Main Street, Westerville | 614-882-8863
10% off excludes pet foods.

Prathers IGA
107 East Walnut Street, West Union | 937-544-2643
5% off Tuesdays only.

Mary K's Flowers & Gifts
30 South Main Street, Mount Gilead | 419-947-3488
10% off purchase.

The 530 Shop
530 Broadway, Lorain | 440-244-6869
10% off purchase.

Lion Clothing
206 North Main Street, Delphos | 419-692-9981
10% off regular merchandise, excludes embroidery.

Terry's Furniture Showcase
11319 South Avenue, North Lima | 330-549-3511
10% off regularly priced items.

Ernst Sports
Locations in Minster, Sidney and Versailles | 419-628-2602
10% clothing items. Excludes sale items.

Cookie Express, Frontier Fruit & Nut & Ohio Dairyland Cheese
3823 Wadworth Road, Norton | 800-922-2299
10% off regularly priced items.

Orme Do it Best Hardware
Locations in Arcanum, Berlin, Cadiz, Cambridge, New Concord, Newcomerstown, Newark
Ask for discount details.

The Train Station
4430 Indianola Avenue, Columbus | 614-262-9056
5% off regularly priced items. Excludes magazines and items already discounted.

Summit Meats
1965 Eight Mile Road, Cincinnati | 513-474-2228
10% off of $10 order or more.

Portage Electronics
414 Cleveland Road, Ravenna | 330-297-1491
$5.00 off of diagnostics.

Hixson's Inc.
14125 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood | 216-521-9277
10% off of purchase, ask about exclusions. Cash only sale.

Puzzles Plus
1273 North Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-320-1679
10% off of purchase. Must present Golden Buckeye Card.

Belpre Aquarium
1806 Washington Blvd, Belpre | 740-423-9509
10% off of purchase, excludes sale items.

Metropolis Popcorn and Desserts
2164 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls | 330-928-6446
Ask for discount details.

The Carriage House of Lafayette
1735 Cumberland Street, London | 740-852-5297
10% off purchase.

Cooper Farms Country Turkey Store
22348 County Road 140, Oakwood | 419-594-3325
10% off select items.

ArtWare
28 Shelter Cove Lane, 112C, Hilton Head, SC | 846-682-3400
15% off purchase, some restrictions. Must present Golden Buckeye Card.

Sweet William Blossom Boutique
9 West 2nd Street, Chillicothe | 740-779-9600
10% off purchase, ask for details.

Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street, Toledo | 419-255-8000
Free parking on Wednesday, must show Golden Buckeye Card. Admission is always free.

West Milton IGA
1177 South Main Street, West Milton | 937-698-4206
5% Monday and Tuesday as allowed by law.

Mooney's Bakery
231 Broad Street, Conneaut | 440-593-6747
5% off Tuesdays.

Pollack Studio
14427 Cedar Road, Cleveland | 216-381-2001
20% off custom framing.

Papillon Boutique
1100 Croy Drive, Suite K, Findlay | 419-424-1114
Ask for discount details.

The Fabric Shop
110 West Main Street, Pomeroy | 740-992-2284
10% off of purchase, ask for details.

GadgetEase
7444 Sawmill Road, Columbus | 614-760-1400
10% off purchase, Wednesdays only, must show Golden Buckeye card. Ask for any exclusions.

Advance Medical Supply
4840 West Broad Street, Columbus | 614-870-0111
5% off purchase, excludes items covered by insurance

Dearly Important People Home Care, LLC
1101 Portage Trail Ext. Suite 5, Akron | 330-400-9580
50% off first service contract bill for home care services or transportation assistance.

Woodville Surplus
2172 Woodville Road, Oregon | 419-691-4636
10% off, excludes sale items.

Second Wind Therapeutic Massage LLC
113 1/2 South Court Street, Suite 230, Circleville | 740-500-4180
10% off first massage session.

James Male, DDS
55 Granville Street, Columbus | 614-471-3020
5% off services.

Berry's Barbells & Equipment
1352 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna | 614-474-4747
10% all purchases except sale items.

Paul's Fifth Avenue
1565 West 5th Avenue, Columbus | 614-481-8848
10% off all purchases except alcohol, cardholder discount only.

Dog Gone It Yard Duty
19407 Bradford Court, Strongsville | 440-879-8364
10% off all services. Includes initial cleaning, monthly and sessional services. Serves surrounding areas.

Sanitary Cleaners
225 Golden Gate Plaza, Maumee | 419-893-0741
10% services. Excludes repairs, alterations and furs.

Ross Cleaners
2964 East Broad Street, Columbus | 614-231-9652
10% off cleaning.

Martell Cleaners
1149 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula | 440-992-0066
15% off. Can not be combined with other offers or discounts.

Jay Dee Cleaners
Locations in Euclid and Highland Heights | 216-731-7060
10% off services. Can not be combined with other offers or discounts.

Greener Cleaner
1101 Norfolk Street, Portsmouth | 740-353-3363
10% off services.

Boyd Cleaners
501 East Main Street, Greenville | 937-548-1505
10% off services. Excludes laundry, wedding dreses, suede and leather.

Appearance Plus Cleaners
Locations in Anderson, Hyde Park and downtown Cincinnati | 513-231-5540
10% off dry cleaning and laundry only, excludes all other services.

All Seasons Sports Center
2700 Akron Road, Wooster | 330-264-7735
10% parts and accessories. Can not be combined with other discounts or coupons.

Beechmont Motorsports
646 Mount Moriah Drive, Cincinnati | 513-752-0088
10% off regularly priced parts and accessories. Can not be combined with other discounts or coupons.

Y & J Alterations and Shoe Repair
1302 Aida Drive, Reynoldsburg | 614-762-6832
10% off heel repair per pair, limit to 10 pairs.

Village Inn Chicken
4444 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton | 330-825-4553
Ask for discount details.

T & L Home of the Heart's HomeCare LLC
11429 Bradwell Road, Garfield Heights | 440-990-6035
Ask for discount details.

Changing Leaves Yoga, LLC
99 East Buckeye Street, Room 2, Schoolhouse Community Campus | 330-822-8128
Ask for discount details.

Top Dog Daycare
1965 Hard Road, Columbus | 614-766-5440
10% off daycare, grooming and boarding.

FirstLight Homecare
Ask at one of the 12 local offices around Ohio if they participate in the program. | 513-766-8402
10% off services at participating locations.

Lyman Harbor
1615 First Street, Sandusky | 419-625-9626
10% off purchase in restaurant

Vector Security
50 East Main Street, Geneva | 440-466-7233
10% off new purchase. Does not include monitoring fee.

Linwood Automotive
32 South Linwood, Norwalk | 419-668-5635
10% off labor and parts up to $100 per order. Excludes dealer parts and parts purchased through a dealership.

S & K Reliable Handyman Service
1306 West Main Street, #132, Lakeside Marblehead | 419-967-5540
10% off.

Small Jos Co., Inc. Handyman Services
275 Oakmont Street, Cincinnati | 513-383-1888
10% off. Free safety check of home with any paid service.

T.J. Shannon Constructions, Inc.
88 North Main Street, Ruttman | 330-334-3686
3% off construction, home improvement and remodeling services.

G.A. Home Improvements
5990 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton | 937-278-8288
5% off total. Can not be combined with other offers or coupons.

Fortin Ironworks
944 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus | 614-291-4342
5% off handrails.

Elyria Concrete Step
8015 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria | 440-323-1707
5% off of purchase.

National Museum of Cambridge Glass
126 South Ninth Street, Cambridge | 740-432-4245
$1 off admission. Call for dates and times that they are open.

Barnes Wildlife Control
Offices in Beavercreek and Troy | 937-340-1867
$25 off service calls, limit one coupon per house. Cannot be combined with other discounts, offers or coupons. Serves all of Southwestern Ohio.

Abby Construction
4568 Mayfield Road, South Euclid | 216-921-6300
10% off purchase.

Wyandotte Athletic Club
5198 Riding Club Lane, Columbus | 614-861-6303
Ask for discount details.

Live Fit Personal Training + Nutrition
27006 Center Ridge Road, Westlake | 440-250-9988
10% off purchase.

Snap Fitness - Conneaut
230 State Street, Conneaut | 440-599-9951
10% off purchase, free enrollment fee.

Body Zone Total Fitness Center
11 Executive Center Drive, Chillicothe | 740-779-1300
10% off memberships, free training consultation, excludes massage, tanning and chiropractic care.

Colonial Sports N' Courts
1101 Fairy Falls Drive, Coshocton | 740-623-8382
Ask for discount details.

Heartland Rehab Services of Ohio
67 South Terrace Avenue, Newark | 740-522-3160
5% off gym membership, single or couples memberships only.

Northwest EyeCare Professionals
3360 Tremont Road Suite 200, Columbus | 614-486-5205
10% off self pay transaction.

Foreman & Abbott Heating & Cooling
391 North Second Avenue, Middleport | 740-992-5321
Ask for discount details.

The Bates Farm Kitchen
3708 Columbus Avenue #7B, Sandusky | 419-502-0020
10% off purchase. Cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons.

Joey's Italian Grille
209 Center Street, Chardon | 440-279-0031
10% off dinner entree. Not to be combined with other discounts or coupons.

Joey's Italian Grille
2731 Hubbard Road, Madison | 440-428-5191
10% off dinner entree. Not to be combined with other discounts or coupons.

Metropolis Popcorn and Desserts
2164 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls | 330-928-6446
Ask for discount details.

Shoe Place
225 North Second Avenue, Middleport | 740-992-5627
10% off purchase, excludes sale items.

Worthington Woods Animal Care
7520 Worthington Galena Road, Columbus | 614-885-6242
10% off services and treatments.

McClure's Family Restaurant
356 East Main Street, Pomeroy | 740-992-6292
Ask for discount details, must show Golden Buckeye card.

Blueball Veterinary Clinic 
3246 Dixie Hwy, Middletown | 513-424-6241
Ask for discount details.

Willow Wood Animal Hospital
5891 Zarle Street, New Albany | 614-855-3855
10% off of services.

McClure's Family Restaurant
218 General Hartinger Blvd, Middleport | 740-992-5248
Ask for discount details, must show Golden Buckeye card.

Sunset Springs RV Resort
3933 Hensing Road, Bucyrus | 419-562-9156
10% off camping fees, 25% off Mother's Day, Father's Day and Grandparents Day weekends. Can't be combined with other discounts or coupons. Card holder must be present and show Golden Buckeye card to receive discount. Excludes monthly/seasonal rates.

Wapakoneta KOA
14719 Cemetery Road, Wapakoneta | 419-738-6016
7% off camping fees, not valid on holidays.

Maple Lakes Campgrounds
4275 Blake Road, Seville | 330-336-2251
5% off camping fees.

Lazy B Campground
8375 Friendsville Road, Wooster | 330-345-1528
10% off camping fees.

Bayview Campground & Cottages
11104 North Shore Drive, Hillsboro | 937-393-3119
10% campsites.

Crystal Rock Campgrounds 
710 Crystal Rock Road, Sandusky | 419-684-7177
10% off regular daily rates, excludes holidays and major events.

Hancock Park District
1424 East Main Cross Street, Findlay | 419-425-7275
Ask for discount details.

Brinkman's Market
1800 East Sandusky Street, Findlay | 419-422-3936
5% off Tuesday only. Must show Golden Buckeye card.

Al's Country Market
3249 Harding Highway West, Marion | 740-382-1935
10% off purchase.

Heritage Meats
15005 South Springdale Avenue, Middlefield | 440-548-1018
10% off purchase.

Mutual of Omaha
Contact your local representative for discount details.

The Train Station
4430 Indianola Avenue, Columbus | 614-262-9056
5% off regularly priced items. Excludes new magazines and items already discounted.

ArtWare
28 Shelter Cove Lane, 112C, Hilton Head, SC | 843-682-3400
15% off with your Golden Buckeye card.

Jet Express
3 North Monroe Street, Port Clinton | 800-245-1538
$2 off adult round-trip from any location. Must show Golden Buckeye card at ticket window.

Hasselbach Meats
4637 Oak Harbor Road, Fremont | 419-332-1747
5% off Wednesday only, retail sales, excludes beer and wine.

The Chair Repair Shop
9956 Park View Circle, Strongsville | 440-263-1813
15% off purchases and services rendered.

Lakeview Grocery & Sporting Goods
10346 State Route 279, Oak Hill | 740-682-3915
Ask for discount details. Must present Golden Buckeye card.

Norris-Northup Dodge
252 Upper River Road, Gallipolis | 740-446-0842
10% off parts and labor.

Lima Sporting Goods
1404 Allentown Road, Lima | 419-222-1036
Ask for discount details.

Miller Rod and Gun, Inc.
5140 Youngstown Poland Road, Youngstown | 330-755-3451
Ask for discount details.

Barnes Nursery
3511 Cleveland Road West, Huron | 419-433-5525
10% off Tuesday only, excludes bulk and sale items.

Malabar Farm Restaurant
3645 Pleasant Valley Road, Perrysville | 419-938-5205
10% off.

Spencer Feed & Supply
227 North Main Street, Spencer | 330-648-2111
10% off all in-store merchandise. Cannot be combined with other discounts, coupons or specials.

Velvet Ice Cream - Ye Olde Mill
11324 Mount Vernon Road, Utica | 740-892-3921
10% off ice cream and food.

Blueview Bait Company
9764 Tollgate Road, SW, Etna | 614-615-8124
10% off on total purchase, cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

The Book Store
307 Pine Street, Greenville | 937-548-7188
10% off on total purchase, cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

BikeSource
Columbus and Dublin
10% off of purchases, 20% off accessories. All discounts are off of MSRP. No discount on labor.

R D Bike Shop
128 Second Street, NW, Barberton | 330-848-2453
10% off excludes bikes and sale items.

Bike Authority
7979 Broadview Road Unit 1, Broadview Heights | 440-546-9966
10% accessories

Fremont Cycle & Fitness Center
107 North Ohio Avenue, Fremont | 419-332-4481
5% off bikes, 10% off parts and accessories. Ask about exclusions.

Greve Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
756 West Ervin Road, Van Wert | 419-238-3944
10% parts.

Great Scot
Located around Ohio
5% off Tuesdays. Excludes alcohol and other items by law.

Al Joe's Pet & Garden Center
173 North Brookwood Avenue, Hamilton | 513-894-3291
10% off cash and carry. Excludes sales, labor and equipment.

Gerdes Turf Farms, Inc.
1441 Upper Bellbrook Road, Xenia | 937-426-4489
10% purchase.

Saluppo Landscaping
2018 Glengary Road, Akron | 330-666-5776
10% off landscape.

Sterner Sod
11240 Brookpark Road, Cleveland | 216-265-8300
Ask for details.

Danny Lawn
Mahoning and Trumbull Counties | 330-750-2504
7% off of services.

Dues Nursery & Landscaping
4380 Monroe Road, Celina | 419-586-1290
Ask about discount details.

Forever Grateful Lawn & Garden Service
9179 Music Street, Novelty | 440-338-6404
10% off services.

Ernst Sporting Goods
Locations in Minster, Sidney and Versailles | 419-628-2602
10% clothing, excludes sale items.

Logan Sports, Inc.
1144 South Main Street, North Canton | 330-499-1700
Ask for discount details. Must present Golden Buckeye card to receive discount.

The Museum of Ceramics
400 East Fifth Street, East Liverpool | 330-386-6001
$1 off full admission price.

Westshore Pizza & Cheesesteaks
6176 Tylersville Road, Mason | 513-754-8200
10% off purchases, excludes discounts and coupons.

Subway
1628 West 117th Street, Lakewood | 216-226-8806
10% off order.

Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
Locations in Akron and Solon
10% off Wednesdays. Excludes sale items, alcohol and juicers.

Terry's Furniture Showcase
11319 South Avenue, North Lima | 330-549-3511
10% regularly priced items.

A & A Groceries
200 North Sandusky Avenue, Upper Sandusky | 419-294-2942
5% off Wednesday and Sunday only. Ask for exclusions.

Hopewell Dental Care
Locations in Health, Lancaster and Dayton
5% off all services.

Everything Rubbermaid
115 South Market Street, Wooster | 330-264-7119
10% off, ask for any exclusions. Must present card to receive the discount.

Helen's Flowers & Gifts
1146 Sweitzer Street, Greenville | 937-548-3008
10% off cash and carry only.

Bellevue Hotel & Suites
1120 Main Street, Bellevue | 419-483-5740
10% off regular room rates.

Moxie's Gifts, Candy and Party Room
3468 North High Street, Columbus | 614-657-6854
10% off all gift items and candy selections. Excludes party room rental.

Best Western - Canal Winchester Inn - Columbus South East
6323 Prentiss School Place, Canal Winchester | 614-834-4790
10% based on availability, special events excluded. Must book directly with hotel.

Boyd Cleaners
501 East Main Street, Greenville | 937-548-1505
10% off dry cleaning. Excludes wedding dresses, suede and leather and laundry.

Ganley Ford Barberton
2835 Barber Road, Barberton | 330-745-9081
10% off parts and service.

Akron Fossils & Science Center
2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley | 330-665-3466
10% off purchases.

Children's Museum of Cleveland
3818 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland | 216-791-5437
$1 off card holder's admission.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland | 216-231-4600
$2 off regular adult admission.

Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
200 W. Main Cross Street, Findlay | 419-423-2787
10% off purchases.

Aging in Place Home Healthcare Agency, LLC
4593 Madison School Drive, Columbus | 740-868-7270
10% off first month of service and free initial consulation. Must mention Golden Buckeye program during initial consultation to receive discount.

77 Inn and Grill
889 Commercial Parkway, Dover | 330-364-7724
10% off regular rate.

Solomon's Garage
122 South Detroit Avenue, West Liberty | 937-877-0029
$5 off oil changes,  $20 off repairs (not normal fluid changes, tune ups, etc.) Ask for details.

Disclaimer of Endorsement: Business information shared on the Golden Buckeye and Ohio Department of Aging webpages and social media channels is self-reported by the listed businesses. Listings are intended as examples of the types of businesses that participate in the program and are not inclusive of all participating businesses. Businesses that honor the Golden Buckeye Card do so voluntarily, pay no fee to participate and receive no compensation from the State of Ohio for their participation. No other business relationship between the business and the Ohio Department of Aging exists or should be inferred. The Ohio Department of Aging does not recommend or endorse any listed business or any products or services offered by a listed business. Any correspondence or business dealing between any user of this webpage and any listed business are solely between the user and the listed business. The Ohio Department of Aging shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any kind as a result of any such business dealings or the listing of a business on the Golden Buckeye and Ohio Department of Aging webpages and social media channels.

 

The Golden Buckeye CardHow to Get a Card - Ohio residents who hold current Ohio Driver Licenses or State ID cards automatically receive their Golden Buckeye cards in the month of their 60th birthdays. 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.

Your privacy is important!

The Golden Buckeye program does not track your shopping habits or sell or otherwise share your personal information with marketers. We only use your contact information to send you your card and requested information.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to get a Golden Buckeye Card?

The Golden Buckeye program is open to all Ohio residents age 60 or older.

You may also qualify for a Golden Buckeye Card if you are age 18 to 59 and have a permanent and total disability (as defined by Social Security).

How do I apply for a Golden Buckeye Card?

For most Ohio residents age 60 or older, there is no need to apply. We automatically mail Golden Buckeye Cards to Ohio residents with a current Ohio Driver License or ID card in or before the month of their 60th birthdays.

  • If you have a license or ID card, but do not automatically receive your Golden Buckeye card, it may be because your mailing address on file with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is incorrect. If that is the case, call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to provide the correct information and request your card be re-sent.
  • If you do not have a Driver License or state ID card, or if you did not receive your card for unknown reasons, you can apply for a Golden Buckeye card at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand and take with you proof of age and residency.

If you are under age 60 and qualify because of a disability, you will need to apply for a Golden Buckeye Card. You can do so at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand, and take with you proof of age, residency and disability.

Sorry, but we cannot accept applications or requests for Golden Buckeye Cards online.

I did not receive my Golden Buckeye Card when I turned 60. How do I get one?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to verify your mailing information. You also may apply for a card at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand, and take with you proof of age, residency and disability (if applicable).

Why didn't I get my card automatically when I turned 60?

We partner with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to receive a list of Ohioans with valid Driver Licences or State ID card who are turning 60 years old each month. We mail Golden Buckeye Cards to this list. Unfortunately, we do occasionally miss someone. Som reasons you may not automatically get a card include:

  • Your Driver License or State ID is expired or invalid;
  • Your address on file with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is incorrect or unable to receive mail; or
  • Your card got lost in the mail or was inadvertenly discarded.

If you did not receive your card automatically, call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to confirm that one was sent and have another card issued.

If you do not have a Driver License or State ID, or if you are under age 60 and qualify because of a disability, you will need to apply for a Golden Buckeye card, which you can do at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand and take with you proof of age, residency and disability (if appropriate).

Sorry, but we cannot accept applications or requests for Golden Buckeye Cards online.

What will you accept as proof of disability for a Golden Buckeye Card?

To prove eligibility for a Golden Buckeye Card due to disability, you must provide one of the following documents:

  • a Medicare (not Medicaid) card;
  • SSI or SSDI acceptance documentation; or
  • a copy of a document certifying permanent and total disability issued by any state department, Ohio public employee retirement system (STRS, PERS, etc), or any federal retirement system.

We are unable to accept any other form of proof of disability, such as a letter from your doctor.

I thought the age for a Golden Buckeye Card was 55. When did it change?

In 1976, when the program launched, the minimum age of eligibility for a Golden Buckeye Card was 65. In 1985, the age of eligibility was lowered to 60, where it has remained.

From 1985 to 1988, the Golden Buckeye Card partnered with the Southwestern Bell Silver Saver card, which was available to Ohioans age 55 and older, but the age of eligibility for Golden Buckeye was still 60.

Can I apply for a Golden Buckeye Card online?

No. State law requires the Department of Aging or an approved sign-up site to validate age or disability status to issue a Golden Buckeye Card. This can be done only in person.

You may apply in person at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand, and take with you proof of age, residency and disability (if applicable).

Can you send me a Golden Buckeye Card application?

No. State law requires the Department of Aging or an approved sign-up site to validate age or disability status to issue a Golden Buckeye Card. This can be done only in person.

You may apply in person at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand, and take with you proof of age, residency and disability (if applicable).

I applied or called for a new or replacement Golden Buckeye Card but I have not yet received it. What should I do?

You should receive your Golden Buckeye Card in six to eight weeks after your application is received. If you have not received your card in this time period, call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours and ask for the status of your application.

Why did I receive two Golden Buckeye Cards?

Everyone who receives a new or replacement Golden Buckeye Card after January 2015 will receive two copies of their card. Use one card and store one away in case of loss or theft, or keep one in your wallet and one in your car - whatever is most convenient for you. Remember, however, that your Golden Buckeye benefits are not transferrable, and the card may only be used by the person named on it.

Can I let someone else use my Golden Buckeye Card?

No. Only the person whose name is on the card is entitled to the benefits and discounts of the Golden Buckeye Card. Some merchants may ask for another form of identification when you present your card.

My Golden Buckeye Card was lost or stolen. How do I get a new one?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request a replacement.

I need to change my name on my Golden Buckeye Card. How do I do this?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request the change.

The name on my Golden Buckeye Card is wrong. Can you fix this?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request a corrected card.

Where I can use my Golden Buckeye Card?

Ask anywhere you spend money about a Golden Buckeye discount, senior discount or other discount for which you may qualify (e.g., veterans, disability). The best places to find Golden Buckeye discounts are at locally owned small businesses. Some participating merchants will display the Golden Buckeye Card logo on doors, windows and at the cash register, but most cardholders find savings by asking wherever they shop for a Golden Buckeye or senior discount.

Is there a list of businesses that accept the Golden Buckeye card online?

Due to the large number of participating businesses throughout Ohio, we do not maintain an online list of businesses. We recommend that you ask anywhere you spend money if they honor the Golden Buckeye Card or offer a senior discount (if you qualify). The Golden Buckeye Card is most often honored at locally owned, small businesses and service providers.

We maintain a list of new and recently updated businesses, as well as seasonal lists of spotlighted businesses on our website.

You can find participating pharmacies at the Ohio's Best Rx website.

Can you send me a list of businesses that accept the Golden Buckeye Card?

Due to the large number of participating businesses throughout Ohio, we do not mail out a list of businesses. We recommend that you ask anywhere you spend money if they honor the Golden Buckeye Card or offer a senior discount (if you qualify). The Golden Buckeye Card is most often honored at locally owned, small businesses and service providers.

We maintain a list of new and recently updated businesses, as well as seasonal lists of spotlighted businesses on our website.

You can find participating pharmacies at the Ohio's Best Rx website.

The Ohio State Parks online reservation system will not accept my Golden Buckeye Card number. What can I do?

The Ohio State Parks reservation system may not work with Golden Buckeye Cards issued prior to Sept. 1, 2003. Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request an updated card with a new member number.

Should I report businesses that no longer honor the Golden Buckeye Card or that have gone out of business?

We rely on businesses to let us know when they close or stop honoring the Golden Buckeye Card, but many do not. If you find a business in your area that is closed or no longer accepts the Golden Buckeye Card, please contact us to report it.

If you find a business that has nevery honored the Goldne Buckeye Card or is unaware of the program, encourage a manager to visit www.goldenbuckeye.com to learn how to sign up.

Do you sell cardholders' information to marketers?

Ablsolutely not! The Golden Buckeye program respects your privacy. We do not and have never sold or otherwise shared cardholders' personal information with marketers. We use your contact information only to mail you your card and any requested information.

Do you track my spending habits?

No. The Golden Buckeye program does not track purchases or where you use your card.

Why aren't your discounts as nice as those available through store loyalty programs?

Store loyalty programs often are able to offer deep discounts and valuable offers because they are able track your spending habits and share information with promotional partners. The Golden Buckeye program does not track your shopping habits or share cardholders' personal information with anyone for any purpose other than to send you your card and any requested information. Golden Buckeye businesses participate voluntarily and set the conditions of their offers. They receive no compensation at all from the Golden Buckeye program for their participation. Please thank them with your business.

We are a Golden Buckeye sign-up site. How do I get more blank applications?

Please call 1-800-422-1976, option 4, during normal business hours to request blank applications.

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Ohio's Best Rx - Prescription Drug Savings for Golden Buckeye Cardholders

Your Golden Buckeye card includes the Ohio's Best Rx prescription drug discount program. If you lack prescription drug insurance, have coverage limits or have a prescription that isn't covered by your insurance, your Golden Buckeye/Ohio's Best Rx card could offer significant savings over regular retail prices.  You may qualify for Ohio's Best Rx, even if you do not qualify for Golden Buckeye. Call toll-free 1-866-923-7879 or visit www.ohiobestrx.org for more information.

 

 
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