Young Scot

Young Scot is a scheme which offers support and advice to young people and is mainly known for it's presence on the new National Entitlement Card.

The National Entitlement Card is a free electronic smartcard for all young people aged 11 to 26. The card has been created by the Scottish Government, with Young Scot, your local Council and lots of other organisations working together so that it's easier for you to use their services across Scotland.

The card will enable young people to get cheaper transport on buses, trains and ferries. If you are 16, 17 or 18 then you are entitled to:

  • One-third off adult single fares on buses all over Scotland
  • A free Scottish Youth Railcard, cutting up to one-third off train fares in Scotland
  • Two free return ferry journeys to the mainland if you live on an Island

If you do not fall into the above age category then you will still be able to apply for your NEC and take advantage of its many benefits. Unfortunately you will not get the transport concessions available to 16-18 year olds, but you will still be able to get the usual great discounts and services from Young Scot!

Access the Young Scot website:

  • (this link takes you to an external site) for lots more information on services and advice on how to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Young Scot FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Young Scot cards

  • Q.     How do I get a Young Scot card?
    • Anyone between the ages of 12 and 25 can apply for for a myfife National Entitlement card.

      If you are aged between 16 and 18 or if you are aged between 19 and 25 and volunteer for a minimum of 30 hours per week your card gives you a discount on bus and train travel in Scotland.

      If you have never had a myfife card you should phone 03451 550066 to arrange an appointment to register for your card.

      Appointments are carried out face to face and we will take your photograph for you. There is no need to fill in a form, just bring photographic evidence showing your age and proof of your address, and if you are a young volunteer you need a letter confirming that you work for a minimum of 30 hours a week.


  • Q.     My photo needs changed
    • You may have had a myfife card before, but if your appearance has changed significantly and you are having problems using your card because of this, you can have your photograph updated - phone 03451 550066 to make an appointment to have your photograph retaken.  

      PLEASE NOTE - you will need to bring photographic evidence with you.  This can be your existing myfife card, a current passport or photo driving licence

  • Q.     How long will my card take?
    • Once you have registered, your card will be sent to your home address within 2 weeks.

      You can find out more about the scheme at Transport Scotland (this link will take you to an external website).

  • Q.     What will my card look like?
    • Eventually it is hoped that you will need just one card only for all the benefits of the National Entitlement Scheme, however, in the meantime you may receive more than one card. The publication called Young Persons Card Types shows what the cards look like and what benefits you will get.

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