Certifying a document
Certify a document as a true copy of the original by getting it signed and dated by a professional person, like a solicitor.
When you apply for something like a bank account or mortgage, you may be asked to provide documents that are certified as true copies of the original.
Copies of documents that can be certified include:
photocard driving licences
letters from a government department
bank/building society or credit card statements
gas, electricity or council tax bills
letters from a hospital/doctor
Who can certify a document
To certify documents, ask a professional person or someone well-respected in your community (‘of good standing’) like a:
The person you ask shouldn’t be:
How to certify a document
Take the photocopied document and the original and ask the person to certify the copy by:
writing ‘Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me’ on the document
signing and dating it
printing their name under the signature
adding their occupation, address and telephone number
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