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A royal warrant is a written notification that certain actions or powers have been granted or approved by the Crown. For example, Sir Francis Drake held a letter of marque which was a Queen's warrant.

Warrants in the SCA

In the SCA, someone who holds a warrant is an officer who has recieved permission from their Kingdom to carry out the full responsibilities of a particular office in that Kingdom.

While anyone can play in the SCA, there are a few things, such as signing forms or accepting payments for services, that are limited only to certain people. Anyone holding a office (Shire, Baronial, Kingdom, etc.) already has this responsibility. Warrants are generally maintained by the Kingdom officers and the requirements to get a warrant vary from Kingdom to Kingdom.

All individuals who hold warrants are also authorised to execute the generic roles of the office, eg. being a chirugeon, lists officer, marshal.