Solicitor Document Certification Services



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Certify a document as “a true copy of the original” by getting it signed and dated by a professional person, like a solicitor!

Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors are professionals who can certify documents quickly.

We can certify any documents as true copies of the original. Contact GAD in London today for document certification services.

Our Central London Solicitors Office is located in the Chancery Lane area and is open during office hours.

On short notice, we can authenticate and legalise documents, copies of documents and translations required for visa and work permit applications, marriage, business set up, property purchase etc. at any foreign embassy located in London.

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How To Certify Documents?

When you apply for something like a bank account or mortgage, you may be asked to provide documents that are certified as true copies of the original. Copies of documents that can be certified include:

  • passports
  • photocard driving licences
  • letters from a government department
  • bank/building society or credit card statements
  • gas, electricity or council tax bills
  • letters from a hospital/doctor

Wording for certifiers

The required wording for the certification varies based on each document certification requirement.

Identification Verification

For certification of true copies of the originals, where there is an identification verification required, the language is often along the following lines:

“I certify that I have met [Full name]—————————————————– and seen the original documentation verifying their identity.  I further certify that this extract of that document is an accurate copy of that part of the document and that the photograph contained in this extract bears a true likeness to the individual.

[Signature of certifier]

[Name in block capitals]

[Professional capacity]



[Telephone number]


NOTE: This form of certification requires sight of a clear and recent photograph showing an accurate image of the subjec.

Address verification

“Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me”


“I certify that this that I have seen the original document and that this extract of that document is an accurate copy.

[Signature of certifier]

[Name in block capitals]

[Professional capacity]



[Telephone number


Who can certify a document?

To certify documents, ask a professional person or someone well-respected in your community (‘of good standing’). This person you ask shouldn’t be:

  • related to you
  • living at the same address
  • in a relationship with you

Ideally, it should be a solicitor, accountant or a doctor. You can even obtain a Post Office Certified Copy. If you are local to our office, in Central London, we would be happy to assist you.

You should always check with the organisation that needs the certified copy – they may have specific rules for who can certify a document.

Do You need a Notary Public to Certify Your Documents?

Not Necessarily. Whilst a Notary Public can be used to certify a wide valiety of documents, often the requirement by the party making the request will permit a solicitor or commissioner of oaths to certify the same document.

What documents can a solicitor certify?

Solicitors can certify and witness a number of United Kingdom documents (unless otherwise stated on the document), which will usually involve confirming that the document is a true copy of the original, including:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Statutory Declarations
  • Share Certificates
  • Financial Statements
  • Certificates of Incorporation
  • Other forms of Company Documentation including copy resolutions of shareholders and boards of directors
  • Contracts (including where there is a witness requirement for a deed to be effective)
  • Company Formation
  • Foundation, Not-for-profit and Trust documents
  • Real Property Documentation
  • Board Minutes and Minutes of General Meetings of Shareholders
  • Certificates of Incorporation on Change of Name
  • We verify, corroborate and certify other legal documents, including:
  • Certificates of Good Standing
  • Certified Copies of Passports, Driving Licenses and University Degree Certificates
  • Birth Certificates
  • London-based Embassy Legalisation
  • Bank Account Opening Forms


Documents issued in UK will have to be Apostilled by FCO before they can be taken to an embassy for further certification, therefore, copies and some original documents may have to be signed by a solicitor before they can be apostilled or legalised.

Apostille – An apostille is a seal applied by an authority to certify that a document is an original document or a true copy of an original. Apostille is obtained when a document or its copy is required to be used in a foreign country which makes it legal without further evidence. Some of the reasons you may need a document or its copy apostilled are: setting up a business, exporting or importing goods or getting married in a foreign country. Some visa applications may require your documents to be apostilled as well.

Processing Fees and Times – Click on the Following PDF Link For a Comprehensive Explanation of the Process, Triming and Pricing of our Document Certification, Legalisation and Apostille Services – Legalisation and Certification of Documents Costs – 2018

Should you have any questions about our Solicitors’ Document Certification Services you can visit the Gov.UK page on this by clicking HERE, OR please CONTACT US:

Jonathan Abrams,

Director and Solicitor (England & Wales) and Attorney at Law (New York State)

DIRECT TEL: +44 (0)20 8004 7016