Regardless of the route you use to apply, you will need to supply:
- Proof of your identity (name and age)
- Proof of residency
- A photograph (if you are over 11 years of age)
To find out what documents can be used to provide proof, please visit NEC Proofs Required.
Parental or carers consent will be required to add travel to the card of any 5 to 15-year-old inclusive.
Young people from 11 years old must supply a photograph with their application. This is because, as well as travel, they are eligible to have a Young Scot NEC that includes the Young Scot, EYCA, and PASS logos and provides access to some other Discounts and Rewards.
Children between 5 and 10 years old will not have a photograph attached to their National Entitlement Card.
How to apply
There are several ways for 5 to 21-year-olds to get a National Entitlement Card or Young Scot NEC to access free bus travel.
See the options available to each age group: