National Entitlement Card

The National Entitlement Card (NEC) is Scotland’s National Smartcard. Visit for more information.

There are 2 types of card:

  • 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 for more information

  • National Entitlement Card for young people aged 5 to 25

    The card can be used by those aged 5 to 21 to access free bus travel in Scotland. Visit for more information.

    The card can also be used by those aged 11 to 25 to claim local, national and international discounts, and to access quality youth information. The card is also a proof of age card. Visit for more details.

    The card can be used in secondary schools 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 online through our online school payments system

How to apply

Over 60s, Disabled and young people under 26 can apply online at No application form is required. If you cannot provide the relevant digital evidence to allow you to apply online please contact Customer Service by emailing or phone 0300 123 4565 for further information.

Children and young people attending a Moray primary or secondary school can apply using a form available from your school office. Visit Junior and Young Scot NEC for more information.

Contact Us

Customer Services
Council Offices
High Street
IV30 1BX

0300 123 4565

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