Certified Copies

What are certified copies?

A certified copy is a copy of an original document which has been certified as being a true copy by an authorised person.

How to have a document certified

To have a document certified you should take the original to an authorised person. The person must then write on every page of the copy document:

"I have sighted the original document and certify this to be a true copy of the original."

The person should sign beneath each statement and provide their designation, for example, "Justice of the Peace".

Who is authorised to certify a document?

 Authorised persons include:

  • An AFTRS Student Centre staff member
  • A Justice of the Peace with a registration number. Copies verified by Justice of the Peace without a registration number will not be accepted
  • An accountant - members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, or the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants, or the National Institute of Accountants, or the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants or Registered Tax Agents
  • A member of the police force with the rank of sergeant or above
  • A barrister, solicitor or patent attorney
  • A principal of an Australian secondary college, high school or primary school
  • A bank or credit union manager
  • A post office manager, or
  • A commissioner for declarations.

Page updated August, 21 2013


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