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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.
You can certify a document as a true copy by getting it signed and dated by a professional person, like a solicitor.
Copies of documents that can be certified include:
There are different rules for certifying passport applications and photos and for certifying a lasting power of attorney (LPA).
Your document must be certified by a professional person or someone well-respected in your community (‘of good standing’). You could ask the following if they offer this service:
The person you ask should not be:
Check with the organisation that needs the certified copy - they may have specific rules for who can certify a document.
Take the photocopied document and the original and ask the person to certify the copy by:
The person certifying the document may charge you a fee.
If you need to certify a translation of a document that’s not written in English or Welsh, ask the translator to confirm in writing on the translation:
Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.
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