National Entitlement Card

Over 60s, Disabled and 11-25’s (Young Scot) applying for a new card can now apply online at getyournec.scot. No application form will be required in this case

Please view the impact of COVID-19 on the production of National Entitlement Cards.

The National Entitlement Card (NEC) is Scotland’s National Smartcard, supported by Scottish Government to deliver national and local services. Visit www.entitlementcard.org.uk for more information.

There are 2 types of card:

  • National Entitlement Card for anyone aged 60 and over and eligible disabled people
  • Young Scot National Entitlement Card for young people aged 11 to 25

National Entitlement Card for anyone aged 60 and over and eligible disabled people

The card can be used to access free or subsidised bus travel in Scotland. Visit ww.transport.gov.scot/concessionary-travel/60plus-and-disabled/# for more information.


Young Scot National Entitlement Card for young people aged 11 to 25

Use the card to claim local, national and international discounts, and to access quality youth information. The card is also a proof of age card. Visit www.youngscot.org for more details.

In addition:

  • Young people aged 11 - 15 can use their card to obtain discounted travel on Stagecoach bus services within Moray. You must however be travelling on a return journey into Elgin outwith school hours and after 11.00am on non school days
  • Moray Council operate a cashless catering system in all secondary schools. The Young Scot card can be used to allow schools meals and snacks to be paid for electronically. There are machines within secondary schools which can be used to ‘top up’ the card, or the card can be credited, or the card can be credited online through our online school payments system

Young Scot National Entitlement Card for free bus travel for young people aged 5 to 21

The Scottish Government has announced plans to begin the new Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme from 31 January 2022. Young people aged 5 to 21 will be able to access free bus travel on registered bus services across Scotland using the National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot branded NEC. Due to the pandemic, the national marketing campaign to encourage free travel has been postponed, however it is important that those who rely on the bus for essential travel are able to apply to access free bus travel from 31 January. If you do have to make an essential journey by bus, you must follow the latest Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance at all times.

Applications for the scheme open on 10 January 2022. For more information on the National Entitlement Card and free bus travel please visit: Transport Scotland

If your child already receives free travel due to a disability you do not need to apply for another Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card.

How to apply – children aged 5 to 10 without a National Entitlement Card (Junior Card)

Children under 16 years old need their parent/guardian to apply on their behalf for a National Entitlement Card (Junior Card). For children aged 5 to 10, the easiest option is to apply via parentsportal.scot and select “Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel”. You will need to give approval for your child to receive free bus travel. Your child will receive their card by post to their home address. You can request for the travel product to be removed from your child’s card at any time by emailing accessmoray@moray.gov.uk

Alternatively you can apply via GetYourNEC.scot and select the option to “Apply for Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel”, then “My child is aged 5-10 and does not have a National Entitlement Card”. You will need to upload identification documents for both yourself and your child as part of the application process.

If you are having difficulty applying online and you are still at school, you can apply using a form available from your school.  If you are not in a Moray Council school you can apply using this form, or contact your local library.

How to apply – Young people aged 11 to 15 with a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card

Children under 16 years old need their parent/guardian to apply on their behalf for a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card. For children aged 11 to 15, apply for a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card at GetYourNEC.scot. Even if the young person already has a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card, they must apply for a replacement card with the free bus travel product on it. Your child will receive their card by post to their home address. You can request for the travel product to be removed from your child’s card at any time by emailing accessmoray@moray.gov.uk

Apply via GetYourNEC.scot and select the option to “Apply for Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel”, then “My child is aged 11-15 and already has a Young Scot/National Entitlement Card”. You will need to enter your child’s card number as part of the application process. You will have the option to upload an up to date photograph of your child. If they have lost their card, please email education@moray.gov.uk to request the card number (you will need to tell us your child’s name, date of birth and postcode).

If you are having difficulty applying online and you are still at school, you can apply using a form available from your school.  If you are not in a Moray Council school you can apply using this form, or contact your local library.

How to apply – young people aged 11 to 15 without a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card

Children under 16 years old need their parent/guardian to apply on their behalf for a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card. For children aged 11 to 15, apply for a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card at GetYourNEC.scot. Your child will receive their card by post to their home address. You can request for the travel product to be removed from your child’s card at any time by emailing accessmoray@moray.gov.uk

Apply via GetYourNEC.scot and select the option to “Apply for Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel”, then “My child is aged 11-15 and does not have a National Entitlement Card”. You will need to upload a photograph of your child and identification documents for both yourself and your child as part of the application process.

If you are having difficulty applying online and you are still at school, you can apply using a form available from your school.  If you are not in a Moray Council school you can apply using this form, or contact your local library.

How to apply – young people aged 16 years and over with a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card

Young people aged 16 years and over will be able to apply for free bus travel themselves by applying for a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card at GetYourNEC.scot. Even if the young person already has a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card, they must apply for a replacement card with the free bus travel product on it. Young people will receive their card by post to their home address.

Apply via GetYourNEC.scot and select the option to “Apply for Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel”, then “I am aged 16-21 and have a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card”. You will need to enter your card number as part of the application process. If you have lost your card, please email education@moray.gov.uk to request your card number (you will need to tell us your name, date of birth and postcode).

If you are having difficulty applying online and you are still at school, you can apply using a form available from your school.  If you are no longer at school you can apply using this form, or contact your local library.

How to apply – young people aged 16 years and over without a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card

Young people aged 16 years and over will be able to apply for free bus travel themselves by applying for a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card at GetYourNEC.scot. Young people will receive their card by post to their home address.

Apply via GetYourNEC.scot and select the option to “Apply for Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel”, then “I am aged 16-21 and do not have a Young Scot Card/National Entitlement Card”. The young person will need to upload their photograph and identification documents as part of the application process.

If you are having difficulty applying online and you are still at school, you can apply using a form available from your school.  If you are no longer at school you can apply using this form, or contact your local library.

Contact Us

Customer Services
Council Offices
High Street
Elgin
IV30 1BX

0300 123 4565

accessmoray@moray.gov.uk

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