Certification of Documents 

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:

  • passports

  • photocard driving licences

  • letters from a government department

  • bank/building society or credit card statements

  • gas, electricity or council tax bills

The following is a guide to help you prepare your certified documents correctly. Certified documents are copies of important documents which need to be certified as true copies of the originals by a person authorised to do so.