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Certifying a document as a true copy or original is an essential service provided by solicitors. This certification serves as a verification that the document is a genuine and accurate representation of the original.

At Moeen & Co. Solicitors, being Commissioners for Oaths and solicitors, our team in Hayes, London can certify your document as a true copy of the original.

Are you looking for a solicitor to certify your documents as true copies of the originals, contact our solicitors in Hayes at 0203 959 7755.

Table of Contents

  1. Who can certify documents in the UK?
  2. Do you need to book an appointment for a document certification service?
  3. What do you need to bring to your appointment?
  4. What is the process to certify a document?
  5. How much does a solicitor charge to certify documents?
  6. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who can certify documents in the UK?

In the UK, several individuals and professionals are generally authorised to certify documents as true copies of the original. Here are some common examples of professionals who can certify documents in the UK:

Solicitors or Lawyers

Solicitors and lawyers are often authorised to certify documents. They can provide certification for various legal purposes, such as court proceedings, property transactions, visa applications, or statutory declarations.

Notary Public

A notary public is an authorised legal professional who specialises in verifying and certifying documents for international use. A notary public can provide certification for documents intended for use in foreign jurisdictions.

Chartered Accountants

Certain regulated accountants, such as chartered accountants, may have the authority to certify documents related to financial matters, such as financial statements or tax documents.

Bank or Building Society Officials

Officials working in banks or building societies can sometimes certify documents, especially those related to financial transactions, opening bank accounts, or mortgage applications. However, this may vary from one institution to another.

Medical Professionals

Some medical professionals, such as general practitioners (GPs), dentists, or registered nurses, may be authorised to certify medical documents, including medical reports or fit-to-work certificates.

Teachers or Lecturers

Qualified teachers in the UK may be authorised to certify documents like educational certificates or transcripts as true copies. This usually applies to documents related to educational purposes.

The person you ask should not be related to you, living at the same address, or in a relationship with you.

Do you need to book an appointment for a document certification service?

You don't need to book an appointment with our solicitor for document certification service. However, it's advisable to schedule an appointment with our solicitors to ensure their availability and to allow time for them to review your documents properly.

What do you need to bring to your appointment?

To make the document certification process smoother, it's essential to come prepared. Here's a checklist of documents you may need:

  • Proof of Identity: Before certifying the document, we may need to verify the identity of the person presenting the document and their authority to request certification.
  • Original Documents: Bring all your original documents to our office.

What is the process to certify a document?

  • You will need to provide the solicitor with the original document(s) that you want to be certified.
  • Our solicitor will make copies of the original document(s).
  • Our solicitor will confirm that the copy is a true and accurate representation of the original. We will do this by writing or stamping a statement on the copy, along with the signature, printed name, profession, and contact details of our solicitor.
  • Once the certifier has completed the certification, you will receive the certified copy. This copy is now considered a true copy of the original for legal or official purposes.

How much does a solicitor charge to certify documents?

At Moeen & Co. Solicitors, we charge only £5 per page to certify a document as a true copy of the original. If you require us to witness a signature, our solicitor will charge a fee of £20 per document.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Usually, it takes 5-10 minutes to certify a document as a true copy of the original. However, it may take longer depending on the number of documents you want to get certified. It's advisable to discuss the timeline with the solicitor when scheduling the appointment.

Solicitors can certify a wide range of documents, including educational certificates, identification documents, legal documents, and more. However, the type of documents that can be certified may vary, so it's advisable to check with the solicitor beforehand.

The certification statement typically includes a declaration that the solicitor has seen the original document, that the copy is a true and accurate representation, the solicitor's signature, printed name, qualification, and contact details.

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