As the distribution of Smartcards with digital signatures needs to be carried out face to face, we are not currently taking requests for replacement/revalidation of cards and signatures. We expect to open submissions for new/replacement cards and digital signatures from 1 November 2021.

Please be aware that while the Smartcard with digital signature can also be used as a digital identification, if you do not require the digital signature option you can request an ID only card free of charge.

The process for getting a Smartcard with digital signature will be added to this page once the new process goes live. However, please note that new/replacement Smartcards with digital signatures issued from 1 November 2021 will be subject to an annual fee of £110 (+ VAT).

In order to start the Smartcard process you must have a valid practising certificate, either a restricted or full one. If you do not hold either, we cannot process your application or create a card for you. If you are unsure of your practising certificate status, then please contact the Registrar team by email at

Frequently asked questions

Yes, you can use your Smartcard with signature as an ID card as well, but if you have requested an ID only card, it will not include a signature.

Payment for the first year will be asked for at the time of issuing of the signature. Subsequent payments will be requested by invoice at the anniversary.


Our Smartcard with digital signature scheme is changing from 1 November 2021

Smartcard member contract

If you would like a Smartcard with a digital signature, you will need to sign a contract. Have a look what's in it.