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Can a solicitor certify copies of a birth, marriage or death certificate where the document for copying is an official copy of the relevant register? — 2022

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Last updated on 29/03/2022

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  • Can a solicitor certify copies of a birth, marriage or death certificate where the document for copying is an official copy of the relevant register?

Can a solicitor certify copies of a birth, marriage or death certificate where the document for copying is an official copy of the relevant register?

A certified copy is an accurate, complete and current copy (usually a photocopy) of an original document. It does not certify that the original document is genuine, only that it is a true copy of the original.

The Law Society states that there are no specific rules that apply to the certification of documents, only that the document must be a true copy. For more information, see here.

The certified copy will include a statement that it is a true copy of the original as at the date certified. For more information, see Practice Note: Certified copy requirements in commercial transactions, in particular subsection: What

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