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How to certify documents

Your documents must be certified by a Solicitor or a Notary. (If the Notary is an individual and they are not a Solicitor, they need to be a qualified/registered Notary, supplying their details).

We are unable to accept certification made by any other professionals.

Take the photocopied document and the original document and ask the Solicitor or Notary 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

The person making the certification should not be:

  • related to you
  • living at the same address
  • in a relationship with you


Please note: If the certification has not been made directly in English, we also require a certified English translation of it attached to your documents.