In addition to free registration, the Registry offers the following fee-based services:
With FREE registration, the registrant receives an entry in the roll of arms that includes a written description of the coat of arms and a unique registration number. The application for registration requires a blazon, which is the concise, technical description of the arms in traditional heraldic terms. The preamble to the blazon in the roll of arms is determined by the type of registration.
Registration - The Registry will:
To order the FREE blazon registration, please complete the Registration Form.
Note: The Registry accepts only blazons and emblazonments of basic achievements: shield, helm, and crest. We reject emblazonments of personal arms with supporters, mantles, robes of estate, open-visor helms, barred helms, and crown configurations that imply nobility. See the American Heraldry Society's guidelines for more information. The Registry rejects arms that veer too far from the rules of thumb for good design developed by the Heraldic Society of Finland. The Registry rejects commercially available "surname coats of arms."
A blazon, which is required for registration, uses specialized terms and syntax developed by medieval heralds. The Registry can write a blazon or check it to determine if it accurately describes a drawing.
Blazon Help - The Registry will:
To finalize your order, please complete the Registration Form, then email a sketch, description, or draft-blazon of your coat of arms.
The certificate of registration is professionally printed in color on heavy, white archival paper, and includes the blazon and drawing of arms. A proof-copy of the certificate will be sent by email and must be approved by the purchaser before the certificate is printed. The certificate will be displayed in the roll of arms.
Certificate and Blazon With Your Artwork - The Registry will:
To finalize your order, please complete the Registration Form, then Email your artwork
The Registry can provide an inexpensive rendering of your heraldic design. The drawing will use the minimalist templates developed by the Swedish Register of Arms, and you are encouraged to visit their website to view examples drawn in this style. The finished drawing will be emailed to you as a graphics file (vector or high resolution) and placed on a registration certificate that is included in the roll of arms.
Certificate and Registration with USHR Artwork - The Registry will:
To finalize your order, please complete the Registration Form, then Email a blazon, sketch, or image of your coat of arms.
The Registry can assist you with an original heraldic design, taking your ideas and collaborating with you through multiple drafts to a finished product. The design process includes a series of "brainstorm thumbnails" based on your initial ideas. At the end of the iterative design process, which may take several weeks, you will receive a computer drawing of your heraldic design and a certificate of registration.
The Registry favors the customs of design found mainly in the German-Nordic heraldic tradition of burgher arms (i.e. arms of common citizens). This tradition, in contrast with post-medieval Gallo-British and Latin heraldry, places greater emphasizes on stylistic simplicity and eschews external ornamentation and symbols of nobility.
Design Process, Certificate, and Registration - The Registry will:
To finalize your order, please complete the Design Form.
Please complete the Registration Form to submit your order. Your order will be placed in a queue at that time. All orders will be processed in the order they were placed.
A representative of the U.S. Heraldic Registry will contact you with information regarding your order as soon as your order is ready for processing. If you have chosen one of the fee-based services you will be invoiced via PayPal at that time. No payment is required to hold your place in the queue. Once invoiced, you will have seven (7) days to respond and/or remit payment.
Corrections or additions to online registrations may be made free of charge for the first 30 days after publication. Afterwards, any changes to a registration will be subject to a $10 administrative fee. Grammatical errors will be corrected at not cost. All modifications will be at the discretion of the U.S. Heraldic Registry.