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AVSTA - Lancaster CA
AVSTA - Lancaster CA

Dear Parents,


The SMART-Tag system helps increase safety and security for students riding on a school bus, leveraging technology to improve student management and communications on school buses.

  • SMART-Tag monitors student loading and unloading, providing real-time information to the Transportation Department and you, the parent.

  • SMART-Tag Parent Portal provides alerts to parents via email or text when your child is 10 – 15 minutes from their stop.

AVSTA - Lancaster CA

Westside Union School District:

Westside School Districts’ initial and all replacement passes will be provided free of charge. See a school administrator to order a SMART-Tag pass.  After the order has been processed, students will receive their new or replacement SMART-Tag pass from their school bus driver.


Lancaster School District:

Students will receive initial and replacement passes free of charge. See a school administrator to order a SMART-Tag pass. After an order has been processed, students will receive their new or replacement SMART-Tag pass from their school bus driver. Replacement passes can be ordered from the AVSTA website or in person at 670 West Ave. L-8; Lancaster; Ca; 93534.


Antelope Valley Union High School District:

 ALL general education high school students within the boundaries will be provided transportation services free of charge. All new High school general education students must complete a Smart-Tag Order Form.  Returning general high school students will receive an email notification with instructions to respond with their student's ridership verification status for the 2023 - 2024 school year. This process must be completed for your pass renewal. If you have not received your email notification by June 16, 2023, contact our Administrative Assistant at 661-945-3621. A $5.00 fee will be charged for each replacement pass and must be picked up at AVSTA; 670 West Avenue L-8; Lancaster. A replacement pass may be ordered in person or from the Bus Rider or Smart-Tag Portal.

All Special Needs Students will receive their SMART-Tag pass at no charge, including replacement passes.

  • To order in person, come to the AVSTA office; 670 West Avenue L-8, Lancaster. This service is available to High School students for New and Replacement passes only. This service is available to Middle and Elementary students for Replacement Passes ONLY   


If you have any questions, please contact the Administrative Assistant at (661) 945-3621.



The Agency began implementation of the SMART-Tag system in 2019 and completed implementation in 2022. We are pleased to announce that all students we provide transportation to are utilizing the system.  The system has been developed to help us eliminate certain types of communication breakdowns. The SMART-Tag parent portal is available for parents or guardians. You must register to create a login, your student's 10-digit Student State ID is required, if you do not know it, contact your school site (to register go to the SMART-Tag Parent Portal tab), this allows parents to receive transportation messages, pickup and drop off notifications, and create guardians. Parents, please note that Transportation Release Information is now being processed through the SMART-Tag Parent Portal.  Assign guardian(s) for your student during registration, you may also add additional guardians or make changes at any time.   

This process is not for ordering or renewing a SMART-Tag pass. 

To Order a SMART-Tag pass click on the yellow button below.

We encourage you to watch our informational videos, “What is SMART-Tag” and “How to Register

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