The digital signature on the Smartcard has a validity period of three years. It needs to be renewed before its expiry date so that you can continue to take full advantage of all features of you Smartcard.

The signature cannot be renewed after the last day of its validity period - should the signature expire, you will not be able to use your Smartcard for any electronic transactions. A new digital signature needs to be issued requiring a face-to-face meeting with a Smartcard Operator.

This page will guide you through the renewal procedure. For an overview, please refer to this refer to this flowchart.

Have you used your Smartcard electronically yet?

Install and use renewal tool

If you have used your Smartcard electronically before, please install the renewal tool.

If you have not yet used your Smartcard for electronic purposes, please follow the guide to install your card reader, card manager software and the certificates.

Once installed, please return to this page and continue the process.

Installing your Smartcard

Step-by-step guides on how to install card reader and certificates.

If you were unable to install the Smartcard reader and manager software but you do recall your PIN code:

Laptops are set up at the following places for members to complete the renewal process:

Law Society of Scotland
Atria One
144 Morrison Street
Edinburgh EH3 8EX
(facilties are available 10:00 -12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00)


Royal Faculty of Procurators Glasgow
12 Nelson Mandela Place
Glasgow G2 1BT
(facilities are available during opening hours of the library)


In addition, the following firms have offered to make their set-up available to members in the area to enable them to complete the renewal process:


Connelly & Yeoman
78 High Street
01241 434 200


Civil Legal Assistance Office
Highlands & Islands, 16 Union Street
01463 641 770


Adairs Solicitors
3 Castle Street
01389 767 625

 You need to remember your PIN to complete the process.