Certification service

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When applying to a UK university, particularly for distance learning, most applications ask for original versions of your academic documents.  If you are worried about sending these via international mail, you may wish to mail certified copies instead.  

The British Council Singapore provides a certification service, which is a confirmation that a photocopy is a true copy of an original document.  Please note that this is not a confirmation of the authenticity of the original certificate.  At the moment we do not provide legalisation service.

This service is available only at the Napier Road Centre, from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

To have your documents certified, please follow these steps.

Step 1: Email us to schedule an appointment, at least three working days in advance.  Please wait for the confirmation email, as we need to ensure one of the signatories will be in the office.      

Step 2: Print and complete the Certification Request Form.  

Step 3: Bring the following to the Napier Road Centre at the scheduled time:

  • Your original documents*^
  • Completed Certification Request Form
  • Payment of S$4 (inclusive of GST) per single sided copy

Step 4: Payment to be made immediately to the cashier, after the certification process is completed.  Acceptable mode of payment: cheque, cash, nets and credit cards.  Receipt will be issued.

*If the original document is not in English, please provide the original notarial translation in English. 

^Please take note of the list of documents that cannot be certified.  

What are the documents that cannot be certified?

British Council Singapore cannot certify documents that are not in English. In addition, the following are not eligible for this service too:

  • IELTS Test Report Forms
  • Passports or Identity documents
  • Marriage certificates
  • Photocopies or Certified Photocopies
  • Scanned images
  • Other non-academic documents

Documents for submission to The Royal College of Surgeons of England
For those applying for the MRCS qualification, the attestation will be done by the Examinations Department at the British Council.  Please email sgexamteam@britishcouncil.org.sg to schedule your appointment. 

The British Council reserves the right to reject certification of any document if the programme or institution is not recognised by the UK education board, if the document is found to be too old, altered or defaced in any way or if there is any question regarding the originality of the document.

If you have further queries, please contact us.

What is the difference between certification, verification and legalisation?

The British Council Singapore provides certification service but not verification or legalisation of documents.  

Please see below for an explanation for the difference between the three terms.

Certification: Certification is confirmation that a photocopy is a true copy of an original document.

The British Council will not be responsible for confirming the authenticity of the original certificate. 

Verification: Verification is the process of ensuring that original documents are genuine. The verifying authority is confirming the validity of the document to the person/organisation relying on the verified document (e.g. an employer, an educational institution, etc.).  

If you need this, it is best to write directly to the awarding institution so they can provide a letter to confirm the qualification or student record. 

Legalisation: Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a public document is genuine. 

Legalisation of British documents can only be done by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Legalisation team in the UK.

Legalisation is usually required by foreign authorities before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country, but it does not certify the authenticity of a document or give Foreign and Commonwealth Office approval of its content.

If you have further queries, please contact us.

Please read our Fair Collection Notice.

The British Council will require your original documents to provide this service.  We will hold these securely until the service is complete and the documents can be returned to you. We will retain a copy for our records. We will also record your name, type of document, the date of transaction and any other relevant details for our records. This will be kept securely and will not be provided to any other parties unless we are legally required to do so.