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:
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
Minister of religion
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 email@example.com or via in-app chat.