GRANTS VS. REGISTRATIONS

Or, “Why should I bother paying you to ‘register’ armorial bearings?”

As an update to our members, and potential registrants, we provide here current costs, comparing the cost of REGISTRATION with our own organization versus receiving a GRANT of Arms from an international body (e.g. The College of Arms [England], The Court of The Lord Lyon [Scotland], etc.). We are certainly not downplaying the significance or importance of an actual GRANT of Arms, but one must really take under consideration the cost of the “product” received versus (essentially) the same item (a frameable piece of paper, published and recorded, with the ability to pass same down to all future generations).

“I understand what the College does. How much does a Registration of Arms cost?”

Currently, the total fee for REGISTRATION of Arms with our organization – whether one wishes to merely register Arms granted by another legitimate heraldic authority, or chooses to have the College aid in the design and execution of wholly new Arms – is US$395, payable to The American College of Heraldry, whether through the secure Payment Portal on this website via credit card, billing through PayPal, or personal check. This includes a color certificate of the REGISTRATION of Arms, as well as a Black & White line art drawing suitable for use on stationery, etc., by the armiger. On request, we can also supply a Black & White TIF file, as well as a Color JPG, of the registered Arms.

Further, the Arms would appear in the College’s quarterly, The Armiger’s News, as well as a listing on the College’s index of all issues of that same publication to include Registration dates (along with all eligible descendants). Details on REGISTRATION fees may be found under CURRENT FEES.

As to the cost of a REGISTRATION with our organization, as opposed to a GRANT received from one of the international granting bodies most commonly queried by Americans, here is a breakdown of current costs:

  • The College of Arms as published on their website (as of 11 May 2023):
    • Personal GRANT of Arms and Crest are £8,050 – The American College of Heraldry helps design and registers the same for US$395
    • Similar GRANT of Arms and Crest to an impersonal but non-profit making body, £16,455 – The American College of Heraldry helps design and registers the same for US$395 – no upcharge, unless supporters are added
    • GRANT of Arms to a commercial company, £24,510 – The American College of Heraldry helps design and registers the same for US$395 – no upcharge, unless supporters are added
    • When a GRANT of Arms includes the Grant of a Badge or (to eligible grantees) Supporters, or the exemplification of a standard, a further fee is payable – The American College of Heraldry does not register badges
    • A special reduced fee of £9,500 has been introduced for parish, town and community councils, to cover the GRANT of Arms alone, without crest – The American College of Heraldry helps design and registers the same for US$395 – no upcharge, unless supporters are added
  • The Court of The Lord Lyon also publishes their fees (in much greater detail, including fees for specific “additaments”). For example:
    • Patent of Arms for an Individual, with Crest, is £2,825.
      • The entire listing (as of May 2019) may be seen HERE.
  • Those interested in obtaining a Grant of Arms from the Chief Herald of Ireland, through the Genealogical Office, will be expected to provide genealogical information including birth, marriage, and death certificates back to an ancestor that bore arms. Alternatively, an entirely new grant of arms can be discussed and designed. The Costs of granting and preparing arms (as of 7 October 2013):
    • Individual €4,400
    • Corporate bodies (Commercial) €17,250
    • Local authorities, government offices and agencies €8,600
    • Schools, clubs, professional associations and other non-profit organizations €8,600
      • The sum of €400 is payable when lodging the application; half of the remaining fee is payable when work on the design begins, and the balance must be paid before work on the actual grant of arms is put in hand by the Herald Painter.  
  • The Canadian Heraldic Authority has an extensive and very specific pricing structure for Granting Arms, based on what elements the armiger wishes to have included. Costs include a CAD$435 for all applications, to which are added costs for the Preliminary Design, and then pricing for the various elements of the Final Art of the Achievement itself, as well as Calligraphy on the Grant Certificate. The entire Pricing List may be seen HERE.

 Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact The Executive Director at info@americancollegeofheraldry.org.

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