Certification of Original Documents

A certified copy is often a photocopy of a document that has been verified as being a true (exact) copy after the original document has been sighted by an authorised person.

Certification does not mean that the original document is genuine, only that the copy appears to be the same as the original presented. This is why we may ask to view original documents and may contact the issuing organisation to verify authenticity.

Documents not certified correctly

  • These are examples of documents that can not be accepted:
  • documents that have been certified by an immediate relative or a person residing at the same address as the applicant;
  • documents that are just photocopies without certification;
  • documents that are certified copies of copies. It must be clear that the certifying authority/person has sighted the original document;
  • documents that have not been correctly certified;
  • documents verified by a Justice of the Peace without a registration number; and
  • a scanned copy of a certified document sent electronically.

The following guidelines are applicable to the certification of original documents at Southern Cross University.