What is the difference between a true copy and a certified true copy?


			
			
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What’s the difference between a true copy and a certified true copy?

A certified true copy is a special copy of an original document, made by a person such as a notary public, lawyer or commissioner.  This copy of the document is made from an original document, and has a certificate attached to it which says that the person who made the copy has compared the copy to the original, which they have seen.

A true copy is simply a copy made from an original document, without the certification attached to it.

Can anyone make a certified true copy?

Technically, yes.  But that doesn’t mean it will work.  Just because you stick a certificate on a copy of something doesn’t mean others will want to rely on that.

The point of a certified true copy is that the person who has been given the certified true copy can rely on the document you have given them as accurate and authentic.  The certificate tells the user that the copy they are looking at hasn’t been photo-shopped, tampered with or is otherwise inaccurate or complete.

Can anyone make a true copy?

Yes.  All you need is a photocopier and your original document.  A true copy is simply a photocopy made (without alterations) of an original document.


			
			
			June 7, 2018 10:44 pm 
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