The Scottish Register of Tartans

16 January 2017
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Tartan Register Fees

The following charges apply to the services available from the Register. These fees are set out in the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008 and in the related Fees Order.

Please note that
  • Fees are not refundable.
  • The application fee of £70 is exempt from VAT. Fees for other services include VAT as appropriate.

Additional services
Postage and Packaging
Methods of Payment
VAT receipts
Returns Policy

The following fees and charges are set out in the Statutory Instrument associated with the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008.

Service Fee
Application to register a tartan (including the provision of an A4 registration certificate). Please note that the registration fee is exempt from VAT. £70
Request to reconsider refused application. £40
Duplicate certificate of registration (only available for tartans registered since 5 February 2009). £15
Request to amend the Register (does not include the provision of an amended certificate of registration). £25
Amended certificate of registration. £15
A4 stained wooden frame manufactured in Scotland.
Inspection of Tartan Register documents or other physical objects. £6
Copies of any Tartan Register document - per 5 sheets. £2.50
Provision of information about the Register. £40
Research in relation to the Register. £40

Additional services
The Register also offers the following additional services:
Service Fee
Certificate of inclusion in the Register
Only available for tartans recorded by the Scottish Tartans Society, the Scottish Tartans World Register (STWR) or the Scottish Tartans Authority (STA) prior to 5 February 2009. Certificates of inclusion can only be provided to the owner of the tartan and evidence of ownership will be required eg. a copy of the original STS, STWR or STA certificate.

Enhanced framing option

Image shows an enhanced framed certificate. © Crown copyright (2012): National Records of Scotland

Once your tartan has been woven, you may wish to order a duplicate certificate of registration to be mounted on top of the woven fabric and framed. You will need to supply 0.5m of the woven fabric. This option is priced individually on request. Please email to discuss your requirements.

Postage and packaging

Prices above are inclusive of postage and packaging except for the enhanced framing option for which an estimate will be provided as part of the individual price.

Certificates of registration are dispatched within five working days of tartan registration. Certificates are dispatched by first class packet post within the UK or ‘International Tracked’, 'International Signed', or 'International Tracked & Signed' to destinations outwith the UK.

Certificates are dispatched to the relevant user account address unless we have been specifically requested to send them elsewhere.

Please note that parcels cannot be dispatched by ‘International Signed’ or 'International Tracked & Signed' if the delivery address is a PO Box.

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Methods of payment

Payment of the application for registration fee can be made online using Worldpay or by one of the following alternative methods.

International bank transfer:

Name of Bank: NATWEST
IBAN: GB15NWBK60708010019502
Reference number for Tartan Register payments: NRS/TR/Name of Tartan

National bank transfer:

Name of Bank: NATWEST
Account number: 10019502
Sort code: 60-70-80
Reference number for Tartan Register payments: NRS/TR/Name of Tartan


Cheques should be made payable to The Scottish Government and sent to the Scottish Register of Tartans, National Records of Scotland, HM General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY.

Credit or debit card:

We accept the following card types: Visa, Mastercard, Solo and Maestro. In order for the customer to make a payment by credit/debit card we need:
1) the card number
2) the card expiry date;
3) the issue number if Maestro;
4) the last 3 digits of the card security number (on the reverse of the credit card);
5) the cardholder's name and initials as displayed on the card; and
6) the cardholder's address. Please note that all of these details are essential. Please also provide your reference (NRS/TR/Tartan Name).

Please telephone +44 (0)131 535 1395 to make payment by credit card.

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VAT Receipts

A VAT receipt can be prepared on request. Please contact

Returns policy

The fees applicable to the Scottish Register of Tartans are specified in the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008 and in the related Fees Order. Fees are not refundable, except where specified in the Act.

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