National Entitlement Card

The National Entitlement Card (NEC) is a smartcard that offers people living in Scotland the opportunity to access national concessions, entitlements and a wide range of local services, including: transport, libraries, leisure, school meals and discounts. 

For more information on applying for a card and what you can use it for click on one of the links on this page. 


Read the latest information on the impacts of COVID-19 on National Entitlement Card (NEC) production and Frequently Asked Questions.

Free Bus Travel for Under-22s

Young persons’ (under 22s) free bus travel

If you are 5-21 years old and live in Scotland you are eligible for free bus travel from 31 January 2022.

All children and young people aged 5-21 will need to apply for a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC) to access free bus travel. Previously issued cards will not allow you access to the scheme. Children aged under 5 years do not need a card as they already travel for free on commercial bus services across Scotland.

 Find out how to apply for the scheme