Young Scot Card

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card is Scotland's
National Smartcard for young people aged 11-26.

Over 700,000 young people in Scotland carry the Young Scot
National Entitlement Card (NEC). A free, voluntary card available
to all 11-26 year-olds in Scotland.

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card is Scotland’s National Smartcard
for young people bringing together access to services, transport,
Young Scot Rewards and Discounts, e-democracy and much more.

It is the result of a successful partnership between the Scottish Government,
NECPO, the Improvement Service, Transport Scotland,
and all 32 local authorities.

Read on to discover how the Young Scot National Entitlement Card can be
used to access services and tackle inequality.

More than just a card

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card project is about more than just a card in a wallet, it is a developing
shared infrastructure to deliver smarter services for everyone and to tackle inequality. 

The National Entitlement Card (NEC) was launched in 2007 as a partnership between the Scottish Government,
Local Authorities, Transport Scotland, Young Scot and others, aiming to make it quicker
and easier to access services provided by partners using one card rather than many. 

One of the key drivers for the development of the National Entitlement Card (NEC) was the
introduction of the national concessionary travel scheme for older people (60+),
disabled people and young people aged 16 to 18.  


The NEC includes a contactless chip within the card, instead of a barcodes or magnetic strips.
This provided a common technology platform across all of Scotland’s 32
Local Authorities suitable for multiple applications.  

The introduction of the NEC also brings savings for local authorities because of the development of a
national infrastructure, including a shared card management system and card production process.
The Improvement Service manage this national infrastructure on behalf of local authorities. 

Find our more about what the Young Scot NEC can do below. If you'd like the use the Young Scot
National Entitlement Card in your next project, get in touch and
we'd be happy to point you in the right direction.

Universal benefits available through the Young Scot National Entitlement Card


By registering their Card with Young Scot Rewards, young people are rewarding for having a positive impact on themselves and their communities.


The Young Scot Card unlocks hundreds of discounts across Scotland and thousands across Europe. From leisure, to travel to study aids there is a discount for everyone.

National Travel Concession

Many years ago, 16-18 young olds carried a separate card to access the National Travel Concession.  Now the concession is accessed through the  Young Scot National Entitlement Card.

Proof of age (PASS)

With PASS hologram on every card, all young people have a free way to access the age-restricted goods and services they are entitled too.

Young Carers

Young carers aged 11-18 can benefit from a nationwide Young Scot package of discounts and opportunities.

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card
is being used across Scotland to offer smart-tech solutions.

More are being developed all the time.
If you have an idea about how to use the card, get in touch.

School Meals

Cashless catering in schools was the first smart service delivered through the Young Scot Card. Still used today, it demonstrates how the card can be used to provide support without stigmatization. 

School Transport

Scotland's smart card travel infrastructure means the Young Scot card can be used as a travel card to get pupils to and from school. Simpler, easier and quicker for Local Authorities (and fairer for young people), this is a growing use of the card.

Car/bike sharing

It's not just for buses. Car sharing companies are using the National Entitlement Card to unlock their vehicles and trials have already begun to use the card to access bike share schemes.

Library Cards

Libraries open up a world of opportunities for young people. With 73% of young people holding a Young Scot it's no wonder that many school and public libraries are using the Young Scot Card to manage their services.

Leisure Services

Some Local Authorities are getting proactive and using the Young Scot Card as a smart card for their leisure services, including gyms and swimming pools.

Student Matriculation Card

Bridging the gap between town and gown - further and higher education institutions are issuing matriculation cards with the Young Scot Card built-in, opening up local smart services to students.

Supporting Disabilities

Many of Scotland's services and local entitlements for disabled people are managed using the National Entitlement Card. Entitled young people are using their Young Scot to receive support using the same card as their peers.

Access to buildings

A relatively new public application of the NEC technology, the Young Scot Card is now being used to provide secure access to buildings and facilities in some areas.

E-voting and participatory budgeting

Using the Young Scot e-voting platform, local authorities can use the Young Scot Card to unlock local democracy for young people.

Do you want to join the smart revolution. Get in touch with us or one of the National Entitlement Card partners below

Transport Scotland

The Young Scot Card being used for Smart Travel

Transport Scotland is working with the transport industry and public bodies to provide cross mode, cross operators, standardised smart ticketing and payment services.


The National Entitlement Card Programme Office supports Scotland's 32 Local Authorities to manage the National Entitlement Card. For any questions about the NEC programme, data handling or non-transport uses of the card visit their website.

Improvement Service

The Improvement Service

The Improvement Service provides overall governance for the NEC programme and supports using the technology to improve public service delivery.

Local Authorities

Scotland's 32 Local Authorities process and administer the National Entitlement Card for all residents including young people.

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See the Young Scot National Entitlement Card in Action


The Irn Bru Carnival

The Irn-Bru Carnival is one of the most popular winter attractions for young people in Scotland. A long-term partner, find out more about how they used a discount through the Young Scot National Entitlement Card to engage with their customers.

Co-wheels Car Club

Co-wheels has partnered with National Entitlement Card. NEC cards including the Young Scot National Entitlement Card can be paired with Co-wheels' booking system and used to access cars, allowing you to use one smartcard across both systems.

Renfrewshire Leisure

To help encourage young people to both get active and increase the uptake of the Young Scot National Entitlement Card, Renfrewshire Council worked with their leisure team to create a new discount.

Future Projects

A partnership to accelerate the development of digital services available using the Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) has been agreed between Young Scot and the Improvement Service.

Thanks to all of the Young Scot National Entitlement Card partners