Young Scot National Entitlement Card

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) is free of charge to 11-to-26-year-olds living in Scotland. Use it for money off the things you love, exclusive Rewards, Proof-of-Age and much more. Simply click on your local authority below to apply for a new or replacement card, or update your photo.


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 your Young Scot NEC in Shetland, Contact Youth & Employability Services (for those 11 – 15 & 19 – 25 Years) on 0159 574 4868 or email 
  • Contact Transport Services (for those 16-18 years and those with Young Scot National Entitlement Card for disabled young people) on 0159 574 4868 or email You should receive a response within 48-72 hours. Phone lines are open Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm. 

For more information, please visit the Shetland Islands 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

You can use your Young Scot NEC for...

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 using their Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC).

How to apply for free bus travel using your Young Scot NEC.

Young Scot NEC: Frequently Asked Questions