Using Your Young Scot National Entitlement Card as Proof of Age

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We are aware that there was an issue with the Proof of Age Standard Scheme (PASS) hologram on some young people’s Young Scot National Entitlement Cards. This issue has now been resolved and therefore if you require a PASS hologram to access essential services, you can apply for a replacement card. Please note that even if there is an issue with the hologram on your current card, you can still access all other discounts and entitlements including the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel scheme.

What does PASS mean?

PASS stands for Proof of Age Standards Scheme and the holographic PASS logo on your Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC) means it can be used as proof of age.

You can use a PASS proof of age when buying age-restricted goods like lottery tickets, rated films or alcohol.

Will my card always be accepted as proof of age?

The Young Scot NEC is part of the accredited national proof of age card scheme PASS.

This means that your Young Scot NEC is a legally accepted proof of age. The photo on your card needs to be kept up to date to use it to prove your age for age-restricted products or services.

Most places will accept the card as legal proof of age, however, retailers and business do have the right to decide which forms of ID they will and will not accept and can refuse sale if they choose.

What if my Young Scot NEC isn’t accepted?

If your photo is out of date and does not look like you then your Young Scot NEC might be refused as proof of age. You can find out how to upgrade your photo easily in the card section of our site.

If you believe your Young Scot NEC has been refused unfairly, fill in our refusal form online or by using the embedded form below.

Proof of age Refusal Form

Proof of age Refusal Form

Proof of age Refusal Form

If you had your Young Scot card refused as valid proof of age please fill out the form below to let us know. This will allow us to contact the venue and find out why it was refused. We can then work towards ensuring the Young Scot card is accepted in the future.

Please note: an out of date card/photograph is a valid reason for refusal.  Visit to find out how to upgrade your card.

If you have any questions about completing this form please contact us. 

Telephone: 0808 801 0338
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Find out more about all the ways you can use your Young Scot NEC.

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