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How can I know that a rendering of Heraldry or a Coat of Arms from a website is legit? What is the legal standard in the U.S.?

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Dick Eastman covered this in his blog a few years ago:

The United States has never accepted the concept of nobility and therefore has no officially-recognized heralds. Several American organizations claim to be able to issue coats of arms but any such arms issued by an American organization have to be considered as "unofficial." There is no official issuing body in the U.S.

See the full article, which is useful background reading, especially for anybody thinking that coats of arms belong to families (they are specific to individuals, but can be inherited, subject to permission).

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I'd recommend you review the information provided by the American Heraldry Society:

https://www.americanheraldry.org/education-resources/guidelines-for-heraldic-practice/

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