Law Society of Scotland Smartcard card reader

Installation, Troubleshooting & Certificates

Once you receive your Smartcard, installing your card-reader is the first step towards using your digital signature. 

After your card reader is successfully installed, you can use our step-by-step guide to 'Using your Smartcard digital signature' to begin signing documents electronically.

Administrative rights

Do you have administrative rights for your computer?

If the answer is no, you need to ask your IT department to grant you administrative rights or ask them to install your card-reader. 

If the answer is yes, you can begin to install your card-reader.

Installing your card-reader

Succesfully installing the card-reader in prepation for use of your digital signature is a three part process:

  1. Installing the hardware (the card-reader)
  2. Installing the manager application & drivers
  3. Installing the public keys (also known as 'certificates')

We have created a step-by-step guide to take you through the process. 

Help and advice

Please consult the step-by-step guide before contacting us with any IT queries.  If you're unable to install your card-reader after consulting the guide, please contact us smartcard@lawscot.org.uk