Dept. of the Navy Transportation Incentive Program
Outside the National Capital Region
The Department of Defense Instruction 1000.27 establishes a mass transit benefit program for outside the National Capital Region. In accordance with this Instruction, the Department of the Navy (DON) has implemented the Transportation Incentive Program (TIP) for DON employees to help reduce their daily contribution to traffic congestion and air pollution, as well as expand their commuting alternatives.
TIP is designed to pay for mass transit costs incurred by personnel in their local commute from residence to permanent duty station. Participants must accurately claim an amount that reflects their actual commuting cost. Failure to do so will result in a fraudulent certification on the application and is subject to criminal prosecution. This program is a benefit, not an entitlement; thus, there is no retroactive reimbursement.
Visit https://tips.navy.mil/cas/TipsFaqs.jsp for the latest information and policies regarding Navy TIP.
To participate in TIP, register for a new account (Common Access Card enabled) at https://tips.navy.mil/ and follow the prompts.
What is TIP?
The Department of Defense Instruction 1000.27 established a mass transit benefit program. In accordance with this instruction, the Department of the Navy (DON) implemented TIP for DON employees to help reduce their daily contribution to traffic congestion and air pollution, as well as expand their commuting alternatives.
TIP Administration is divided into two Regions:
1) National Capital Region (NCR): Includes the District of Columbia; Montgomery, Prince George's, and Frederick Counties in Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties in Virginia; and all cities now or hereafter existing in Maryland or Virginia within the geographic area bounded by the outer boundaries of the combined area of said counties.
Any potential applicants located in the NCR should refer to the National Capital Region Mass Transit Benefit Program (https://www.whs.mil/Mass-Transportation-Benefit-Program/) for further information.
2) Outside the National Capital Region (ONCR): Includes all DON facilities and installations and all DON employees located in 50 states (exclusive of the area included in the definition of the NCR) as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Important Note: Guidance and policies included on this website pertains specifically to the ONCR portion of the program only.
How Does TIP Work?
Transportation Incentive Program (TIP) Outside the National Capital Region (ONCR) provides transit benefits for eligible DON civilians and military members outside the national capital region to use mass transit to commute to and from work. Field Support Activity (FSA) serves as the DON TIP Program Manager and provides administrative support to Installations/Commands. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the service provider for DON TIP ONCR; the primary method for disbursement is through the TRANServe Card.
Participants must accurately claim an amount that reflects their actual commuting cost-failure to do so will result in fraudulent certification on the application and is subject to criminal prosecution. This program is a benefit, not an entitlement, so there is no retroactive reimbursement for the program back to its inception.
Mass transit methods recognized as qualified means of transportation (QMOT) include:
Ferries are not approved as a means of shuttling Personally Owned Vehicles (POVs) from one point to another where the completion of the journey to an individual's duty station is completed in a POV.
The following mass transit methods are not recognized as QMOT and are not eligible for TIP:
TRANServe debit cards are loaded on the 10th of the month to enable participants to pay for their qualified mass transit method for the coming month (e.g., October benefits would be loaded on 10 September). Transit benefits are available until midnight on the 9th of the current commuting month (e.g., October benefits would be available until 9 October). Any transit benefits not used by midnight on the 9th of the commuting month are removed from the card and are forfeited.
How much is the Benefit Amount?
Effective January 1, 2023, DON members are eligible for transit benefits up to $300.00 per month (parking fees excluded) for specific, pre-approved commuter mass transit transportation costs not to exceed actual expenses.
Visit https://tips.navy.mil/cas/TipsFaqs.jsp to find the latest information.
The following personnel are eligible to apply for TIP:
All Navy military members and federal DON civilian employees, including Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) employees
Part-time federal employees and interns
The following personnel are ineligible to apply for TIP:
Reservists who are on weekend drilling/training (are considered to be on inactive duty)
Contractors, U.S. Coast Guard employees, retirees, and/or military dependents
ROTC students (unless enlisted in a military branch and considered "Active Duty", then they are eligible to apply)
Overseas members/employees outside the ONCR coverage areas
How do I sign up?
Sign up online at https://tips.navy.mil. Either log in or create a new account (if you don't already have one) using your Common Access Card.
Once you are signed in, view the Quick Guide or User Guide from the left side under Program Information to help you complete the application. You will need to select your supervisor who will get an email asking them to create a TIP account and validate your eligibility. You will also need to select the appropriate installation /command to find your Reviewing Official who will review and process your application. You may want to keep a copy of the Reviewing Official's contact information in case you have any questions or need assistance. You can expect your debit card to be received at the installation/command in about 6-8 weeks. You will get email notification when cards are available for distribution.