Renfrewshire Council

Young Scot Card (NEC) for 11 to 25 year olds

Free bus travel, what else you can use the card for, discounts and rewards, how to apply, change or replace your card.

The young person's National Entitlement Card (NEC), also known as the Young Scot Card, is a card for young people aged 11 to 25 in Scotland to use for free or discounted travel, proof of age or other discounts and rewards.

About the Young Scot Card:


Free bus travel

If you're between 11 and 22 years old, you can now use your Young Scot Card, also known as the National Entitlement Card (NEC), for free bus travel.

If you already have a Young Scot Card, you will need to get a replacement card for free bus travel.

If you are 16 or over, you can download free bus travel onto your existing NEC card.


What else you can use the card for

If you're between 11 and 25, you can also use your card for:

  • proof of age
  • discounts and rewards with shops, cafes, and services
  • other travel discounts.
  • Young Scot membership

Other discounts and rewards

On the Young Scot website, you can find out more about:

You can also earn Young Scot Rewards points for doing good things in your community such as volunteering. 

Find out more about earning rewards in Renfrewshire on the Young Scot website. 


How to get a Young Scot Card

If you're aged between 11 and 15

If you are aged between 11 and 15, your parent or carer will need to apply for you.

They can apply online for your Young Scot Card (NEC) on the getyournec.scot website.

If you're aged 16 or over

You can apply online for your Young Scot Card (NEC) yourself on the getyournec.scot website. 

What you need before you apply

If you're applying online, you can use a device, like a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to take a digital photo and upload it with your application.

You or your parent or carer will need to provide proof of your name, age, address, and a photo of you when you apply, so we can confirm your details. 

See what you can use as proof of your name, age and address on the nec.scot website.

If you can't apply for your card online, you can get an application form or ask for help to apply at any library in Renfrewshire. You'll need to bring a passport photograph and proof documents with you.

If you need more help

If you need more information or help with applying for your card, contact us at youth@renfrewshire.gov.uk.


Change or replace your card

You can also change or replace your card online if:

  • your card is lost, damaged or stolen
  • you need to change the photo on your card
  • your address has changed.

You'll need your 16-digit card number to change or replace your card. If you don't know the number on your card, you should apply for a new card online or contact us at youth@renfrewshire.gov.uk

If you already have a Young Scot Card, you can download free bus travel onto your existing card or apply online for a new card to get free bus travel.


More information about the Young Scot Card

You can contact us at youth@renfrewshire.gov.uk if you have any questions about the card or need help with applying for it.

Find out more about Young Scot Membership on the Young Scot website.