Young Scot National Entitlement Card

Young Scot National Entitlement Cards (NEC) are free and available to all East Lothian residents aged 11 to 25.

They can be used:

  • as your library card in all East Lothian public and school libraries
  • to get thousands of discounts in the UK and abroad - the Young Scot website has details of current discounts
  • as Proof of Age with many businesses like supermarkets, off licenses and cinemas
  • to access cashless catering in secondary schools - to add money to your card go to our schoolpay page
  • to get concessionary travel:
    • free travel on buses if between 11 and 22
    • if you're 16 to 18 years of age, or a full-time volunteer up to the age of 25, you are entitled to: 1. a third off adult single bus journeys on producing your Young Scot card and a bus travel pass and 2. a voucher for a free Scottish Youth Railcard that offers 50% off train fares in Scotland
  • to obtain a digital identity with Yoti - Yoti is a mobile app which is a secure and easy way to verify your details and get a reusable digital identity to prove your identity with many organisations online and in person 
  • to prove your identity on some internal flights - always check this is acceptable with the airline first

Are you a young carer or know a young carer?

Visit the Young Scot website to find out about the Young Cares Package

Young Carers | Young Scot

Apply for a Young Scot card

Before you apply - check the proof documents you need

Apply for a new or replacement Young Scot NEC - including U22’s free travel 

If you cannot or do not want to apply online: download an application form and take it along with any required proofs to your local East Lothian library. We will order an National Entitlement Card for you.

If you need further help email us: or call 01620 827827 and ask for Smartcards.