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Document certification

*Please note that document certification service has been suspended indefinitely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will notify you on this page when we resume the service.

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 documents in the international mail, we are happy to provide certified copies, which will be accepted by any UK university .

To have your documents certified, please provide us with:

  • the original documents (transcripts or degree certificate in English or in French)
  • a photocopy of the documents
  • a note of how many copies you require

Documents can be taken in person to our Toronto office or sent by mail. We will check the documents and certify true copies with a stamp and signature, which can then be sent to the UK.

Effective 1 July 2014, the charge per certified copy is $28.25 (HST included). Acceptable forms of payment are certified cheque or money order, payable to the British Council. A receipt will be issued.

To take documents in person, please email  to schedule an appointment. 

To send documents by mail, please use the mailing address below, Please enclose a prepaid envelope if you would like your documents returned by courier, otherwise they will be sent by standard mail. Please do not use Purolator. The processing time is generally five working days.


British Council
2 Queen Street East, Suite 1401
P.O. Box 30,  Toronto, Ontario
M5C 3G7, Canada