Youth ORCA Program

2017 – 2018 School Year

The program is currently serving 3,000 students!  At this time the program is unable to sign up any new students.  Students may request to be on the waiting list for the current school year by sending an email to  In
September 2018, the program will reopen enrollment for the 2018 - 2019 school year. Downloadthe 2017 - 2018 application here.

Replace lost ORCA cards

Students in need of a replacement ORCA card need to visit one of the City of Seattle Customer Service Centers (except the Downtown location). The first card replacement is $5, all subsequent replacements are $25. All fees must be paid in cash. Students must be present for the transaction and show picture ID.

About the program

The City of Seattle's Youth ORCA program distributes ORCA cards to high school and middle school students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools that are not eligible for an ORCA card from the Seattle Public Schools. To be eligible, high school and middle school students must live in a household that is within the income thresholds listed in the table (same income requirement as ORCA LIFT). The ORCA cards are valid on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, and Everett Transit.


The Youth ORCA program is funded with Proposition 1 funding. The annual program budget is $1 million. This program funding is expected for five years, through 2020. For more information on Proposition 1 funding, visit this website.

Contact Information

Program email:
(206) 256-ORCA (6722)