Credit- card style plastic transport passes for senior citizens are set to be introduced in the West Midlands because more than 40,000 people with the cardboard version have either lost it or seen it wear out in their wallet.
Centro, the region's passenger transport executive, said about a tenth of the half a million elderly people with passes had asked for a replacement, with 28 people requesting six or more passes.
Issuing the plastic passes centrally, instead of from post offices, would allow for extra validity and address checks to reduce fraud, Centro told its policy setting councillors on the Passenger Transport Authority.
People would still be able to apply for their travel pass at post offices but the actual pass would be posted to their home.
Centro is planning a similar system to the 'check and send' system when applying for passports - potentially meaning applications could be processed at libraries and Age Concern offices.
"At the moment almost a third of passes issued at post offices are replacement passes. This new system will reduce wastage all round," said Coun Christine Mills, PTA lead member for customer relations.
"The concessionary pass gives free off-peak travel on almost every bus, train and tram in the West Midlands, so it's a valuable card and needs to be hard-wearing."
Because plastic photopasses are more expensive, Centro is suggesting a charge could be made for re-issues.
However, the new system means people would save the cost of the two passport photographs currently required when getting a replacement cardboard pass at a post office.
Councillors will discuss this and proposals for a compulsory ID pass for youngsters aged 14 to 16 to get half-fare travel at a PTA meeting on Monday.
The region's biggest private bus company Travel West Midlands has said it believes there is significant fraudulent use of child tickets.