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McMaster University and Redeemer University College students – to make sure your voucher code is loaded to your PRESTO account, wait 24 hours after you have redeemed your voucher and then tap your card on a HSR PRESTO device. You must tap your card on a HSR PRESTO device within 45 days of entering your voucher code online. If you have not tapped your card within 45 days, you will need to contact PRESTOVouchers.support@metrolinx.com to have your voucher reinstated.

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About PRESTO Vouchers

What is a PRESTO Voucher?

The PRESTO Vouchers Program allows PRESTO, participating transit agencies, and organizations (such as universities, colleges, community service groups, businesses, or other organizations) to issue PRESTO cardholders a unique code. Participating organizations issue PRESTO Voucher codes to PRESTO cardholders based on Program eligibility.

How to use a PRESTO Voucher code

If you’ve received a PRESTO Voucher code from PRESTO, a participating transit agency, or organization, log into your My PRESTO account, select Load, Redeem Voucher, and enter the PRESTO voucher code provided by the participating transit agency or organization. Follow the prompts for PRESTO Voucher code redemption. If required, enter your date of birth when prompted. The transit pass, fare type, or value associated with the code will be added to your PRESTO card once you tap on a PRESTO device to pick up the transaction. Your voucher administrator will provide details on whether a registered card is required to redeem the voucher. If so, please follow the steps below to register your card, or contact your voucher administrator for more information:

  1. If you do not have an existing PRESTO Account, create a new account on the PRESTO Homepage
  2. Once the account has been registered, navigate the tabs at the top of the page - click "Manage" and then "Add an Existing Card"
  3. Enter the card information and follow the steps displayed on the page
  4. Wait 24 hours, and then tap your card on any PRESTO device
  5. Wait an additional hour, and then attempt to load the voucher onto your card

It may take up to 24 hours after redeeming the PRESTO Voucher code for the product or credit to be processed. After that time, tap on a PRESTO device within 30 days to complete the transaction.

How to get a PRESTO Voucher code

Voucher codes are provided by PRESTO, participating transit agencies, and other organizations for eligible PRESTO cardholders. Organizations that offer PRESTO Vouchers will issue PRESTO Voucher codes based on cardholder eligibility. Please contact the participating transit agencies or organizations to inquire about PRESTO Voucher code eligibility.

How to activate your card

To redeem a voucher onto a PRESTO card, it is required that the card has been activated. To activate your card, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Navigate to Activate My PRESTO Card
  2. Enter your 17 Digit PRESTO Card number and PIN
  3. Tap your card on a PRESTO device 24 hours after activating, but within 30 days

If you experience a problem when redeeming your PRESTO voucher, please contact the participating transit agency organization that issued your PRESTO voucher code, or the PRESTO Contact Centre at 1-877-378-6123.

PRESTO Voucher error

In some circumstances, you may receive an error message when attempting to redeem a voucher. Common issues you may experience in redeeming a PRESTO Voucher include:

The fare type on your card does not match the product being redeemed:

You will be unable to add a voucher that requires a fare type that is different than the fare type set on your PRESTO card. For example, you cannot add a youth transit pass to a PRESTO card that has a senior fare type. The default fare type for all PRESTO cards is an adult fare type. If you do not know what fare type is set on your card, log into your My PRESTO Account and that information will be located on the left-hand side of the screen. If the fare type currently on your card is incorrect and needs to be updated, please visit any PRESTO Customer Service Outlet with valid ID.

The date of birth provided does not match the fare type being added through the voucher:

Please ensure that the date of birth being entered falls within the required age group for the fare type:

  1. Child: 6-12 years
  2. Youth: 13-19 years
  3. Senior: over 65 years

If a fare type that requires a specific age range is applied to a card, it is recommended that you carry a valid government issued ID whenever using your PRESTO Card.

The card currently has a conflicting transit pass from the same transit agency:

You are unable to redeem a voucher containing a transit pass if your PRESTO card already contains a transit pass from the same transit agency over the same time frame. For example, you are unable to redeem a voucher containing a TTC 12 Month Pass if your card already contains a TTC pass for the following month. Please contact your transit agency or the PRESTO Contact Center for more information.

The card has an existing contract which conflicts with the voucher being redeemed:

You are unable to redeem a voucher containing a transit pass if your PRESTO card contains a contract which conflicts with the transit pass. For example, you cannot redeem a voucher containing a TTC monthly pass if your card contains a TTC Transit Pass Autorenew Contract. Please visit the “Autorenew Transit Pass Settings” page for more details.

The voucher has expired or is no longer valid:

Please contact the organization that provided the voucher for further assistance.

The balance on the card would exceed the maximum limit if the voucher value is applied:

The maximum balance that a PRESTO card can hold is $1,000. You are unable to redeem a voucher that will raise your card’s balance over $1,000. You can attempt to redeem the voucher again when the total value will not exceed the maximum card value as long as the voucher is still valid for redemption.

If you experience a problem not identified above when redeeming your PRESTO voucher, please contact the participating transit agency or organization that issued your PRESTO voucher code, or the PRESTO Contact Centre at 1-877-378-6123.

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