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 Registrar@lawscot.org.uk
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.