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Young Scot card

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) is available free of charge to everyone aged 11 to 25 living in Scotland.

You can use it to:

  • get exclusive rewards and discounts 
  • travel 
  • prove your age

Visit the Young Scot website for information on:

  • how to apply for a Young Scot card
  • how to update your photo or details
  • what you can use the Young Scot card for


If you're 16, 17 or 18 you can get cheaper transport with your Young Scot card on:

  • trains
  • ferries, if you live on an island

You can travel on the bus for free if you're under 22.

Train travel

You can use your Young Scot card when booking discounted train travel. There are some restrictions on the amount of discount and the time you can travel.


If you already have a Young Scot card, and you live on a Scottish island, you'll be sent 4 free ferry vouchers each year while you're 16, 17 and 18.

The vouchers can only be used by you and will have your photo and card number printed on them. You must carry your Young Scot card with you when making a ferry trip.


You can travel for free on the bus in Scotland if you're under 22. You can update your Young Scot card or order a new one with free bus travel.

Find out more about appyling for an under 22s bus pass.

Proof of age

You can use the Young Scot card to prove how old you are.

Every Young Scot card has a PASS hologram, meaning that your age and personal details have been verified by your card issuer and that you are who you say you are.

The PASS scheme is backed by the Police and Trading Standards, and it is valid in Scottish law.

Update or replace a card

Contact your local council or if you need to:

  • update the details on your Young Scot card or change your photo
  • replace your Young Scot card

Help and support

To get help or support with your Young Scot card you should contact your local council or visit Young.Scot.

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