Afro-descendant woman looking at a British Council certification services document
Document certification

When applying to a UK university, particularly for distance learning, most applications ask for original versions of your academic documents. If prefer not to send these documents by international mail, we are happy to provide certified copies, which will be accepted by any UK university.

In order to certify the copies of your documents, we would need to see the original certificate and a copy.  Please read carefully the information below:

To have your documents certified, please provide us with the following: 

  • the original documents (transcripts or degrees in English or in French) 
  • the required number of photocopies of the documents 
  • a note of how many copies you require certified 
  • Payment for the service – by cheque 
  • Pre-paid return envelope

It is especially important to provide your own photocopies of your documents that are larger than 8.5×11″ as we do not have the facilities on site to make these copy sizes. We will check the documents and certify true copies with a stamp and signature.  

The charge is $30 per signature (inclusive of HST).  Please note that each photocopy will need one signature.  We accept only certified cheques made payable to the British Council.  A receipt will be issued. 

Please enclose a prepaid envelope if you would like the items returned by courier, otherwise they will be sent by regular mail. We take no responsibility for documents lost or damaged when sent by regular mail. Please do not use Purolator. The overall processing time is generally 12 working days. 


The British Council 

PO Box 30 

2 Queen Street East, Suite 1401 

Toronto, ON 

M5C 3G7 


ATTENTION: Mohsina Meem 


Send an email notification to once you have mailed your document(s) to us.

Please note that we certify documents only. This means that we certify true copies of original education documents with a British Council stamp and signature.  We do not perform document authentication, legalization, attestation or verification. That is, we do not confirm or verify that an original document is a legitimate document.   

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