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What is a certified document?
What is a certified document?

Helpful tips about how to certify your documents

Updated over a week ago

Public may ask you to provide certified documents. You can certify a document by getting it signed and dated by a solicitor or other professional. Certifying a document proves a copy is a true copy of an original document.

Copies of documents that may need to be certified include:

  • Passports

  • Driving licenses

  • Government-issued mail

  • Bank documents

  • Gas, electricity, or council tax documents

How do I certify my document?

Take a copy of your document and the original document. Ask for the copy to be certified by:

  • The certifier writing: “Certified to be a true copy of the original as seen by me” on the copy

  • Signing and dating the copy

  • Printing their name under the signature

  • Adding their occupation, name, and phone number

Who can certify my document?

Your document(s) must be certified by a professional or someone well-respected in your community. The person certifying your document should not be: in a relationship with you, living at the same address, or related to you. The following people may provide certification services:

  • Bank or building society official

  • Councillor

  • Minister of religion

  • Dentist

  • Chartered accountant

  • Solicitor or notary

  • Teacher or lecturer

*The person notifying your document may charge you a fee.

Public may also ask you to certify a translation of a document that is not written in English. Please ask the translator or translating company to confirm in writing on the translation:

  • That it is a “true and accurate translation of the original document”

  • The date of the translation

  • The full name and contact details of the translator or a representative of the translating company

For further questions or information on certified documents, please contact our Member Support team at or via in-app chat.

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