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Get Your SmartPass Clipper Card

clipper cardThe Office of College Life is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students who want to obtain printed Photo ID and VTA SmartPass Clipper Cards.

  • You must follow the rules for coming to campus, including wearing a facemask over your mouth and nose. You may remove the mask for a few seconds while having your photo taken.
  • Only one person at a time will be allowed into the office; social distancing will be required for people waiting in line.
  • EZfare accounts are going away! See below to learn more about digital EZfare accounts and the Clipper Card

Digital EZfare Accounts Are Going Away

The VTA is eliminating the digital EZfare program, effective Dec. 31, 2021. This means

  • You must visit the Office of College Life to get a printed VTA SmartPass Clipper card, even if you are currently using a digital EZfare account.
  • Your existing EZfare account will not work after Dec. 31.
  • New digital accounts will not be created after Nov. 12.

Temporary EZfare Accounts

The VTA has been providing digital passes – temporarily – for SmartPass-eligible students, through the VTA EZfare app for iPhone and Android. (This program will end Dec. 31see above for details.)

Your VTA EZfare account is associated with your primary preferred email address in your De Anza student profile on MyPortal.

  • Please make sure your email address is up-to-date before requesting a SmartPass that is tied to an EZfare account.
  • Check your preferred address in MyPortal: Open the Student Registration app and look under MyProfile to select “Update My Personal Information

SmartPass tileTo submit a request, log in to MyPortal, open the app for VTA SmartPass and follow the instructions. After submitting your request:

  • If you are eligible, your email address will be sent to the VTA within one week.
  • The VTA will then send you an email with more information.
  • The email will come from Please check both your inbox and spam folders for this message.
  • If you don’t receive an email after 10 days, visit  and use the Forgot Password function to see if an account has been created for the email address you have listed as your primary preferred address in your student profile.
  • Check your preferred address in MyPortal: Open the Student Registration app and look under MyProfile to select “Update My Personal Information
  • If the VTA site doesn’t show an account for your address, then create a new account to log in.
  • Once you are logged in, check under My Account > My Tickets to see if there is a monthly pass there. You may have to refresh the page or log out and log back in.
  •  After you have created your account, it may take up to 2 hours for your pass to be delivered. You can also create accounts, recover passwords, and log in using the EZfare apps for Android and iPhone.

For more information about EZfare, visit these sites:

Digital ID Cards

Visit for the latest information on how to get a digital student ID card.

Your SmartPass is on a Clipper Card

smartpass logoThe VTA SmartPass (previously known as the VTA Eco Pass) is incorporated onto a "Clipper Card," the reloadable smart card used for transit fare payments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Get Your SmartPass

students at bus stopTo get your SmartPass, you must pick up a personalized Clipper Card from the Office of College Life.

  • Keep your Clipper Card! It's automatically reloaded with the SmartPass each quarter that you remain enrolled at De Anza.
  • If you take fall, winter or spring quarter off, your SmartPass will be disabled the third week of that quarter. You can take summer quarter off without your SmartPass being disabled. Your Clipper card should automatically get reactivated if you come back, but if it does not you will need to come in to get a new one.
  • Your Clipper Card can be used for other transportation agencies if you add funds or other passes to the card. These will still be valid even after you have left De Anza. For more information on adding funds or passes other than the SmartPass please visit or

SmartPass VTA Routes to De Anza

The VTA SmartPass provides all De Anza students unlimited rides on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses and light rail within Santa Clara County for the duration of a quarter term. The SmartPass is valid only for VTA services within Santa Clara County except Express services.

Currently five bus lines — VTA routes 23, 25, 51, 55 and Rapid 523 — stop at De Anza. For finding the best routes VTA recommends using the Transit app for Apple iOS and watchOS and Google Android devices. You can also look up VTA Routes and Maps, and use their Trip Planner on their website.

If there's no easy route for you to commute by bus to school, you can still take advantage of the SmartPass on weekends or any other convenient time.

How to Use Your Clipper Card

Clipper CardThe Clipper Card for your SmartPass is a proximity card.

To use it, locate the Clipper Card reader at the entrance of the transit vehicle, fare gates or station and hold your card flat against the Clipper logo until you hear a beep or the gates open.

  • We highly recommended that you register your Clipper Card with Metropolitan Transportation Commission, especially if you think you might add value and other passes besides the SmartPass (BART, CalTrain, Muni, etc.).
  • If you do not register your card and you lose it, you will lose all non-SmartPass values you have placed on the card. To register go to and click on the "Register Card" link on the top of the page. You will need to create an account.

When Can You Use the SmartPass?

The VTA SmartPass is valid seven days a week for VTA buses and light rail ONLY within Santa Clara County except Express services. The SmartPass is valid as long as you are a registered student at De Anza College through the third week of the upcoming quarter and all of summer quarter. It will remain active as long as you are a student. If you take fall, winter or spring quarters off the SmartPass will be disabled the third week of that quarter. You can take summer quarter off without your SmartPass being disabled.

The VTA SmartPass is not valid on Express Services, ACE, Amtrak, BART, Caltrain, Highway 17 Express, Dumbarton Express, Monterey-Salinas Transit, and SamTrans.

How is the SmartPass Program Funded?

All enrolled De Anza students are eligible for the VTA SmartPass program through a mandatory quarterly fee,which was established by the De Anza Associated Student Government (DASG) during a spring 2011 proposition vote that passed 985 to 124 and was approved by the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees.

Part-time students with 0 to 5.9 units pay $5.75 per quarter, part-time students with 6 to 11.9 units pay $6.75 per quarter, and full-time students with 12 or more units pay $7.75 per quarter.

Contact Us



  • 408-864-8756 (it is best to use email at this time)


Hinson Campus Center, Lower Level
Office of College Life
(near Student Health Services)

Tuesday – Thursday

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Office of College Life is closed during Winter Break and Spring Break.

While we're operating under restrictions related to COVID-19 for the 2021 fall quarteryou can still reach us by email or phone. (It is best to use email at this time). We will be periodically checking our email and voicemail between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, and we will respond as soon as we can.

Please see for service updates from the VTA.

Please stay safe and healthy.

The Office of College Life Staff

Mailing Address

De Anza College
Office of College Life
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014

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