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If you, as a transport company, transport severely disabled persons, their accompanying persons, accompanying dogs or objects carried free of charge on long-distance or local public transport, you can receive an advance payment of the reimbursement of fare losses upon application.

The Federal Office of Administration (BVA) reimburses transport companies in local and long-distance transport for fare losses incurred for the transport of severely disabled persons and their accompanying persons.

You may receive an advance payment for the current calendar year equal to 80 percent of the last refund amount assessed (final payment). Half of the advance payment is paid on July 15 and half on November 15.

If reimbursements have already been received from the Federal Office of Administration, applications for advance payment may be submitted:

  • Transport companies,
  • transport associations and
  • local transport organizations.

If you have switched from state reimbursement to federal reimbursement, you may exceptionally receive an advance payment based on your last final payment notice.

You cannot receive advance payments.

You must repay the advance payments if you do not submit the required evidence by the deadline.

You do not need to submit any documents.

  • Forms available: Yes
  • Written form required: Yes
  • Informal application possible: Yes
  • Personal appearance required: No
  • Online services available: Yes


You can submit an application for advance payment if the company entitled to reimbursement has already received a reimbursement payment (final payment) from the Federal Office of Administration.

Note: If you are a new company from which no calculation documents have yet been received, you must first provide proof of the final fare revenues for the respective calendar year by the deadline.

Related Links

  • §§ 228 ff. Neuntes Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB IX) (Unentgeltliche Beförderung, Anspruch auf Erstattung der Fahrgeldausfälle)

Related Links

  • Fahrgelderstattung nach dem Schwerbehindertenrecht auf der Internetseite der BVA
  • Vordrucke
  • Aktuelle Informationen

You can apply online or in writing to the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) for advance payment for reimbursement of lost fare for long-distance and local transportation:

Written application:

  • Download the application for advance payment from the BVA website.
  • Fill out the application. Print it out and sign it.
  • Mail the signed application to the Federal Administrative Office.
  • You may email the application to the BVA in advance for faster processing.
  • Your application will be processed and reviewed by the BVA.
  • If you meet the requirement for advance payment, you will be transferred the amount due to you.

Online application:

  • Go to the Federal Portal website and fill out the advance payment application form electronically.
  • Submit your application. Your application will be processed and reviewed by the BVA.
  • If you meet the requirements for advance payment, you will receive the amount due to you.

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