When a copy of a document is requested by a government agency or other entity, it is often specified as Certified, Notarized or Original. Sometimes it is specified as Self-Attested.
Self-Attestation allows the owner of the document to certify that the photocopy of their original document is a true copy by signing it. Self-attestation does not require an affidavit from a notary.
Per the Consulate General of India, San Francisco:
“Self attestation means- signing the photocopy of the required documents stating as “true copy of the original”. In case of minors, documents should be attested by either of the parent.”
The steps of Self-Attestation:
- Make a photocopy of the original document requested
- Write the statement on the photocopy “True copy of the original”
- Sign below the statement
- Submit the self-attested photocopy with the application
- Retain the original
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