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Arms Registration

The Heraldry Committee reviews petitions for Registration of Arms (and amendments) and to assure that submitted materials meet heraldic standards, as well as ethical matters concerning the petitioner's assertions. The Committee seeks to promote registration with the Society of Arms granted, registered, or recorded internationally, and assumed Arms. The recommendations of the Committee are submitted to the Board of Directors for a final determination on registration.

The Heraldry Committee operates through its Chairman who is styled “Justiciar General”. Additional members of the Committee include such Vice-Justiciars as may be appointed with expertise in the various heraldic authorities and traditions. The Committee also includes heraldic artists to create emblazonments and to further the appreciation of their respective talents.

Members and others are invited to petition for recognition of their arms. The Heraldry Committee is also willing to consult on the design of arms for those wishing to assume them, or on obtaining arms from one of the legitimate grant agencies.

Note that the Society will register assumed arms only to residents of uncivilized nations that do not have their own national arms registration or grant agency (such as the United States). Those residing in civilized nations may register the same arms as are registered in their nation of residence.

Arms may be registered to ancestors, provided evidence of a grant or patent issued to such ancestor, or substantial evidence of notorious use of assumed arms. Arms may also be registered to recent ancestors (parents and grandparents), if the intent is to provide a source for cadenced arms.

A Petition for Registration of Arms is here.


This page maintained by the Webmaster in consultation with the Justiciar General. Last modified 12 October 2021.