What is a certified copy?
Today we will be talking about certified copies.
We start with “what is a certified copy?”
A certified copy is a document stamped as a true copy of the original. Now, this is a bit confusing for a lot of people from abroad, because for most you think of notarised copies because certification is not common abroad. It’s more in South Africa, although, in the UK for example, it is possible to certify documents as a true copy.
What’s the difference between the notarised copy and the certified copy?
The certified copy is usually done by a Commissioner of Oaths in South Africa or with an attorney and accountant or even the police station in South Africa. These documents, when certified are valid for 3 months from the date of certification, whereas the notarised copy doesn’t really expire. For most people abroad, when we say certified copy, we mean a notarised copy if you’re not able to do any certification.
Written by Bianca Nicholls
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