Certified copies of documents
Before you enrol, or when changing your personal details during your studies, you may be required to provide RMIT with certified copies of important documents.
What is a certified copy?
A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate or proof of identity, that has been certified as being a true copy of your original by an authorised person.
Who can certify my documents?
A certified copy can be verified (along with the original) by any of the following professionals:
- Bail Justice or Justice of the Peace
- Public Notary Lawyer
- Barrister, solicitor or patent attorney
- Clerk to a Lawyer
- Clerk of the Courts
- Member of the Police Force
- Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff
- Member of State or Federal Parliament
- Councillor of a municipality
- Registered Medical Practitioner
- Registered Dentist
- Veterinary Practitioner
- Principal of an Australian secondary college, high school or primary school.
- Manager of a bank or credit union (not a bank travel centre)
- Secretary of a building society
- Minister of religion authorised to celebrate marriages.
In addition to the professionals listed above, RMIT Connect staff can certify copies of official original documents produced by RMIT University, such as academic transcripts and statements of academic completion.
Check with the recipient of your certified copy that they will accept documents certified by the issuing university.
How is my copy certified?
The authorised person certifying your photocopy must sight the original document and include the following details on all pages of the photocopy:
- Stamp or write "This is a true copy of the original documents sighted by me".
- Sign and print their name.
- Write the date it was certified.
- Provide a contact telephone number.
- State their profession or occupation group.
- List the appropriate registration number.
- Add the official stamp or seal of the certifier's organisation.
Photocopies of previously certified documents will not be accepted.
To submit a question about certified copies of documents:
- go to RMIT Connect online
- select the My enquiries tab
- select Ask a question (student login required).
You can also contact RMIT Connect in person or by phone during opening hours.