The shield on the coat of arms is a heraldic representation of the area. Across the gold field runs a blue and white wave representing the River Mole, with the Dorking urban and rural areas on one side and the Leatherhead area on the other.
The acorns are taken from the arms of the three former authorities and that of Surrey County Council.
Behind the Dorking acorns are two stylised hills representing Box Hill and Leith Hill, two notable geographical features of the district, with a blue sky above. The hill figuration also suggests the letter 'M' with a 'V' in the middle.
Above the shield is the closed helm proper to civic arms with the decorative mantling of the basic colours of gold and blue, the traditional Surrey livery taken from the chequers of the Warennes, first Earls of Surrey.
Above the shield
Surmounting the wreath is a mural or walled crown, a familiar symbol of local government, coloured white as in the former Dorking arms and a direct reference to the prevalence of Dorking Lime in many local buildings.
The crest features a swan, prominent in the former Leatherhead arms, which alludes to the old Swan Inn of coaching days and to the river and other local waters. The swan holds in its beak a red sword, referring to the association with the City of London through the City of London Freemen's School and to the connection between the former arms and the 1939-45 war. The Leatherhead arms was the first in heraldry to commemorate the unify of purpose of the Civil Defence Services.
Flanking the swan are two branches of oak leaves linking with the oak in the shield and are a direct reference to the former Leatherhead crest and the County shield.
The Dorking Cockerel
The supporters are two cockerels of the distinctive five-toed Dorking breed, taken from the Dorking crest and characteristic of the surrounding rural area. Each one holds in its beak a pinecone from the former Dorking Rural District crest; the cones referring to the Weald/Leith Hill wooded area of the district.
The motto, 'Ministrando Vigilans' ('Vigilant in our serving') which gives the initials MV, is a derivation of those of the former Dorking & Leatherhead Councils: 'Virtute et Vigilantia' ('By Courage and Vigilance') and 'Service links all'.
Dorking is twinned with two towns: Gouvieux in France and Güglingen in Germany.
Leatherhead is twinned with Triel-sur-Seine, France.