How to make sure the documents you supply are certified correctly
A certified document is a photocopy or scan of the original, which has been signed by someone who can verify this (see below).
The certification must be hand-written on the copy of the document. All signatures must be dated within the last six months.
If your documents aren’t certified, we’ll contact you to request replacements. This will extend the processing time of your application.
Which documents need to be certified?
With a standard readmission form, some documents need to be certified while others do not. (Please note there is a different (short) readmission form if you have come off the register within one month of your profession's renewal window closing.)
- Two appropriate documents that confirm your identity
- Relevant return to practice forms (if applicable)
Do not certify:
- Evidence of any change of name (if applicable)
- Documents that support your health and character declarations (if applicable)
How to certify a document
- Take a photocopy of your original document, or scan and print it (this is to preserve and protect the original)
- Show the original document to the person who is certifying it
- Ask the person certifying the document to write on the copy with the following:
The statement "I certify that this is a true copy of the original document seen by me"
Their signature and the date
Their name, professional title and contact details
- Scan the certified copy, so that you have a digital file (PDF, JPG or PNG)
- Attach the file when you email your readmission form to us
The certification must be hand-written on the photocopy or printed copy of the original document.
The certification must not be written on a separate piece of paper and scanned alongside the original document.
This is because we need to be sure that the copy we see is genuine. To do this, we ask that the certifier views the original document, and then confirms that the photocopy or scan is a true copy of it.
Certification is to ensure that the individual document provided is genuine and not forged. A certified document must show the hand-written certification text. This must be provided on each individual copy - we cannot accept batch certifications.
The certifier should hand-write the following on each individual copy of the document:
- The words “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document seen by me”
- The certifier's signature and the date
- The certifier's name, professional title and contact details
Who can certify my documents?
The person certifying your documents must be a person of standing in the community with an appropriate reationhsip to you.
Person of standing:
Most individuals who hold positions of professional responsibility are considered a person of standing. Examples include:
- Registered health and care professionals
- Professionals such as lawyers, solicitors, accountants and notaries
- Teachers and lecturers
- Bank managers, investment managers, stockbrokers
- Officers in the British Armed Forces
- Justices of the Peace, consular officers or other judicial officials
- Religious officials such as ministers of the Church of England, rabbis, imams and others
- Members of Parliament
The person of standing must not be:
- related to you;
- living at the same address as you;
- in a relationship with you; or
- your patient or employee.
As long as they meet all of the other requirements for someone certifying documents, the person certifying your documents may be your employer.