The certificate on the Smartcard, the digital signature, has a validity period of 3 years. It needs to be renewed before its expiry date so that members can continue to take full advantage of all features of their Smartcard.
The signature cannot be renewed after the last day of its validity period - should the signature expire, a new certificate 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.
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.
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
144 Morrison Street
Edinburgh EH3 8EX
In addition, the following firms have offered to make their set-up available to members in the area and 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
3 Castle Street
01389 767 625
You need to remember your PIN to complete the process.