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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 Romania 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 certification service is available in our centres in:

  • Bucharest (Tuesday - Friday, 12.00 - 18.00)
  • Iași (Monday - Tuesday, 13.00 - 19.00 and Wednesday - Friday, 10.00 - 16.00)
  • Cluj-Napoca (Monday, Wednesday, 13:00 - 19:00 and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:00 - 16:00)

To have your documents certified, please follow these steps

Step 1: Print and complete the Certification Request Form.

Step 2: Bring the following to the British Council (please observe the working hours for this service):

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

What are the documents that cannot be certified?

The following are not eligible for this service:

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

The British Council reserves the right to reject certification of any document 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 Romania 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.
  • Legalisation: Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a public document is genuine. 

 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.