What's a Certified True Copy?

This is a question that we get asked a lot. Like many legal-ish terms, it seems pretty straightforward but is just unclear enough that it’s hard to be sure.

A certified true copy of a document is a copy that has been verified by a notary as an exact copy of the original document. Common types of certified true copies are copies of identification, like birth certificates, passports and driver’s licences, and are frequently required for applications for immigration and professional certification.

It works like this: the notary closely compares the original document and the copy. Once the notary is satisfied that the copy is real, they write (or stamp) on the document “Certified True Copy of Original Document”, sign it, date it and stamp it with their notary seal. Voila, a certified true copy.

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