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Young Scot Card

The Young Scot Card is a free electronic smart card for everyone aged 11 to 26.

What is a Young Scot Card?

A Young Scot Card is a smart card which is available to all young people living in Scotland between the ages of 11 - 26.

What can I use it for?

If you are 16, 17 or 18 or a full-time volunteer between the ages of 19 - 25, you can get cheaper transport on buses and trains with your Young Scot NEC Card.

All card holders between 11 - 26 can get discounts and rewards from participating companies. Cards can also be used as proof of age. More information can be found at the Young Scot website.

How can I apply?

  • At school

Typically, photographs for new S1 students at West Lothian Schools are taken throughout the year and cards are issued at school. Please note this does not always take place at the start of the school year, and may be delayed due to COVID-19.

  • Apply online

You can apply for a new Young Scot card online at getyourNEC.Scot. Online applications are currently only available to those aged 12 and over who have never had a Young Scot card before.

Applying online will reduce the amount of time it takes for your application to be processed and card to be sent out.

You will require:

  • An email address

  • A device with a camera or a webcam (laptop/tablet/phone)

  • A photocard driving licence OR a passport OR a Yoti account (verified digital identity account)

You will need to register for a MyWestLothian account to be able to apply for your bus pass online. To register, please visit the MyWestLothian site. Once registered, you should then visit getyourNEC.Scot to fill out and submit your application for a new Young Scot card.

If you find you need help to apply online, there are specific help pages. These pages will direct you to the correct area for support if required.

If you are 11 years old, please ask your school for a form or email BB/NECAdministration@westlothian.gov.uk to request a form.

  • In person

If you are unable to apply online, and you want to apply for a new Young Scot card; update your photo or replace a lost or stolen card, you can book an appointment at a local CIS office and a member of staff will complete your new form for you. Please call 01506 280150 to book an appointment.

More information about opening times and booking an appointment is available here

Our staff will advise you what documentation to bring to your appointment.

How to update or request a replacement card?

If you already have a Young Scot National Entitlement Card, you can apply online at getyourNEC.Scot to:

  • Update your details

  • Update your photograph on your card

  • Request a replacement for a lost or stolen or damaged card

  • Renew an expiring or expired card

Please note that photographs should be updated at least every 3 years or if your appearance has changed significantly since you were last issued with a card. Photographs must be head and shoulders only on a clear background with no facial obstructions

Alternative options for applying for a new card or making changes to an existing card

If you are not able to use the online option to either apply for a new card or make changes to an existing card, further help and guidance is available by:

You need to provide your name, address and date of birth if you are emailing us to ask for assistance.

If you are being supported to apply for a new Young Scot card or make changes to an existing card and you are asked to provide an updated Passport style photograph, we are currently accepting photographs taken on a mobile device or camera which can be emailed to BB/NECAdministration@westlothian.gov.uk. Photographs must be head and shoulders only on a clear background with no facial obstructions.

Can I use my Young Scot card as proof of age?

Your Young Scot card has the PASS hologram on it which means it can be used as proof of age.  If your card does not have the PASS hologram, please request a replacement card by following the instructions above on 'how to request a replacement card'. The Young Scot card is part of the accredited national proof of age scheme, PASS. If your card has been refused for proof of age purposes, and you feel this has been done unfairly, then please report this to the Young Scot office on their  refusal form.

Under 22 Free Bus Travel

Scottish Government are introducing a new statutory scheme to allow children and young adults between 5 and 21 who are resident in Scotland to access free bus travel through the National Entitlement Card (NEC) and the Young Scot branded NEC. The scheme will become operational on 31 January 2022.

To find out more information on the scheme, please visit Under 22 Free Bus Travel

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