Young Scot National Entitlement Card

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC) is free of charge to 11-26-year-olds living in Scotland. Use it for money off the things you love, exclusive Rewards, Proof-of-Age and much more.


Getting a Card During COVID-19

There are several ways to apply for a Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC): 

  • Online at You can find out more information about the applications process on the website. 
  • Directly via your local council team. If you have a query about the Young Scot NEC you can complete the general enquiry form on the Angus Council website. You should receive a response within 24 hours (Monday-Friday). 

For more information, please visit the Angus Council website  

If you are 11-15 years old and applying for free bus travel, a parent or guardian will need to apply on your behalf. If you are 16-21 years old you can apply for free bus travel yourself. 
For more information about the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel Scheme, please visit the Transport Scotland website.

You can use your Young Scot NEC for...

How to get your Young Scot NEC

Local authorities across Scotland issue the Young Scot NEC. You should contact them directly to:

  • apply for a new Young Scot NEC
  • update a photograph
  • or replace a lost Young Scot NEC

Young Persons' (Under 22s) Free bus travel  

Young people who are 5-21 years old living in Scotland can apply to access free bus travel from 31 January.

The Scottish Government is encouraging people to stay at home as much as possible - until the situation with the pandemic improves. So, we're asking that only those with an essential need to travel by bus apply at this time. That might be for work, education, health or care reasons, for example.

Young people who are 5−21 years old will need a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC) before hopping on board. Previously issued cards will not allow access to the scheme.

Parents or guardians must apply on behalf of 5-15 year olds. Young people who are 16-21 years old should apply themselves. Children under 5 years old already travel for free on buses and don’t need a card.

There are several ways to apply for a new or replacement Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC):

  • Online at You can find out more information about the applications process and what documents you need on the website.
  • Directly with your local council. You can find their details below. Scroll down and select your local council area.

Please check the Transport Scotland website for further information.


Due to lockdown restrictions, you may not be able to access your Young Scot NEC in all the usual ways. Check your local authority page to find out what is available to you.

Look at the list for the contact information for your local authority council area. Click here if you're not sure which local authority you live in.

Young Scot National Entitlement Card: Frequently Asked Questions