Clackmannanshire Council will hold an open day to enable young people who need to get their Young Scot national entitlement card.
On Wednesday 18th July 2012, young people aged 11-26 can drop in to Clackmannanshire Council offices at Kilncraigs in Alloa between 10am-12noon or 2pm-4pm to sign up or renew their cards.
Staff will take them through the processing of their forms and take photographs. Young people should note that they will be required to bring two items with proof of their age and address. Relevant forms of ID are: passport; photo driving licence; another pass accredited card ; or birth certificate.
Any of these items will need to be accompanied with proof of address such as a bank statement.
For young people who are still at school and don't have these forms of ID, come along as we may be able to get your information from the school.
Your Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) is a free electronic smart card for all young people aged 11 to 26. The card has been created by the Scottish Government, 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 Young Scot NEC Card entitles you to exclusive discounts at over 1,400 outlets around Scotland. You can save you money on almost anything. Check out the discounts section for a full list of discounts available near you.
And if that isn't enough, the card is also part of the European Youth Card Network which means you get over 100,000 discounts in 42 countries. Check out eyca.org/discounts to find the discounts available in other countries.
The Young Scot NEC card has a PASS hologram on it, which makes it as credible as a driving licence or passport for proving your age, be it on a bus at the cinema or in a shop.
The introduction of Challenge 25 in Scotland will mean that all retailers will be obliged by law to challenge anyone who they believe could be 25 or under for identification. This will make the NEC card even more valuable in your wallet!
Many banks also accept the card as a form of identity if you're opening up a bank account.
The Young Scot NEC Card also makes it a little easier to get about town. 16, 17 and 18 year-olds, or full-time volunteers aged under-26 can use the card to get special deals on transport. These include - one third off adult single fares on bus services in Scotland, free Scottish youth railcard, a third off Scottish rail services and two free ferry journeys to the mainland for islanders.
To claim these discounts, you will need travel vouchers which will be sent out automatically when you turn 16. If you haven't received them your local council will be able to reissue them.
Additionally, if you have a disability and meet certain criteria, you can get a Young Scot NEC which will let you get Scotland-wide free bus travel.
For more information about the different criteria, and to see if you qualify for free bus travel, visit Transport Scotland.