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 “True copy of the original” on the front side, lower right or left corner of the photocopy.
- Sign below the statement
- If multiple pages are attached, repeat the same procedure for each.
- Submit the self-attested photocopies with the application
- Retain the originals
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