Certify a document as a true copy of the original by getting it signed and dated by a professional person, like a solicitor.
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:
- photocard driving licences
- bank/building society or credit card statements
- letters from a government department
- gas, electricity or tax bills
- letters from a hospital/doctor
There are different rules for passport applications and photos and for a lasting power of attorney.
Who can certify a document in Vietnam?
Your document must be certified by a professional lawyer or someone well-respected in your community (‘of good standing’). You could ask the following if they offer this service:
Check with the organisation that needs the certified copy – they may have specific rules for who can certify a document.
How to certify a document in Vietnam?
Take the photocopied document and the original and ask the person to certify the copy by:
- writing ‘Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me’ on the document
- signing and dating it
- printing their name under the signature
- adding their occupation, address and telephone number
The lawyer certifying the document will charge you some fees.
Certifying a translation
If you need to certify a translation of a document that’s not written in English or Vietnamese, ask the translation company to confirm in writing on the translation:
- that it’s a ‘true and accurate translation of the original document’
- the date of the translation
- the full name and contact details of the translator or a representative of the translation company
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