The DMPS and DART Partnership

DMPS assigns either yellow bus or DART transportation to students who qualify. The level of DART service assigned to students is shown on their student ID.

Students will scan a QR code embedded on their student ID when boarding the bus. The QR code identifies the student by a number and shares no personal information with Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART).

Students with yellow on their ID under the DART QR code can ride DART for free in the evenings (after 4:30 p.m.), anytime on weekends or on days that school is not in session (including summer break).

Yellow badge

Students with green on their ID under the DART QR code are assigned to DART for school transportation and can ride DART for free any time of day. Students should use their assigned bus
to get to and from school.Green badge

Rider Expectations

All students are expected to follow DART’s rider guidelines, as well as their Student Code of Conduct whenever they ride DART or are at a DART bus stop or at DART Central Station. Failure to do so could result in the loss of the privilege to ride DART for free. Students must also use their physical ID to scan on the farebox on DART buses to ride free. Sharing IDs amongst students, or using images of IDs on phones or other devices can not be accepted as proof of ID. Students with questions about their assigned transportation, or who need a new student ID should speak to administrators at their school.

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To hear more about DMPS/DART partnership and see how the new ID will scan at a farebox, watch the video or view the slideshow below.

DART Changes Farebox Procedure


As a reminder, students or parents with questions about what type of service they are assigned to should contact staff at their school.

For more tips about how to ride DART, including online trip planning tools, visit