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Young Scot and the National Entitlement Card
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Young Scot and the National Entitlement Card (NEC)

Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland. They provide 11 to 26 years olds with information, ideas and incentives to help them become confident, informed and active citizens.

Young Scot seeks the views of young people in order to shape their services. They run consultations on issues such as alcohol, climate change, and substance misuse.

National Entitlement Card (NEC)

This free electronic smart card gives you access to council services, concessionary travel, discounts and special offers and can be used as proof of age. Ask for the Young Scot logo to be included on your OneScotland National Entitlement card in your application.

In North Ayrshire you can use your card:

  • for concessionary travel for older and disabled people
  • as a catering card in secondary, and some primary, school dining halls
  • to access our library service
  • to get concessionary travel – 1/3 off single bus and rail fares and if you live on Arran or Cumbrae, you can get 2 free return journeys to the mainland every year (for full time volunteers aged 19 to 25 years and young people aged 16 to 18 years). Please see the Concessionary travel page on the Transport Scotland website for more information.
  • to get Young Scot discounts and special offers in over 1,500 shops and services across Scotland and 80,000 across Europe
  • as proof of age

How can I get a NEC?

Moving to S1

Every P7 child in North Ayrshire will receive a form in Spring. The information on this form must be checked, changed if necessary, signed on behalf of any pupils under the age of 12 and returned to your school by the specified date.

Pictures for the card will be taken at primary school and the finished card will be sent to the pupil's home address in time for starting secondary school.

Apply for a your first card

Applications can be made by anyone aged between 12 and 25.

The National entitlement card website provides information on how the card can be used in your area.

Email to ask for an application form.

Completed forms should be returned, by email, along with 2 types of proof of ID. We accept the following:

  • Proof of age: Birth Certificate, Passport, photo driving licence, Adoption Certificate, Marriage Certificate, PASS hologrammed card
  • Proof of address: letter from school/university/etc., bank statement, photo driving licence, Council Tax bill, Benefit book, council rent card, recent utility bill or recent mortgage statement
  • Photographic evidence: passport, photo driving licence, PASS hologrammed card

When we receive your application we will contact you, check your ID and contact your referee. If a face to face meeting is needed, an appointment will be made to visit a local office.

Apply for a replacement card

Apply for a replacement Young Scot Card by phoning 01294 310000. If you have changed address, or would like to update your photo, please email as further checks will need to be made. 

Top up a card

  • top up online - you'll need your 10 digit reference number 
  • use 'top-up' machines in your school - you'll need your 4 digit PIN (ask your school catering staff if you don't know what this is).

Rules & regulations

You're the only person allowed to use your NEC. It's not transferable. Allowing someone else to use it is fraud. This may lead to the card being cancelled and your entitlements withdrawn.