When you apply for a new job, you often need a reference from your previous employer or an educational professional.

Your referee may be able to submit their reference via an online portal. When this is not the case, however, prospective employers often request a verified copy

Notarisation of your reference confirms that it has been written by the person identified, is true to the best of their knowledge, and bears the correct date.

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  1. What is a Reference?
  2. When Do You Need Notarisation For a Reference?
  3. Process for Notarising a Reference

What is a Reference?

A reference is a written comment from a person who has worked with you in the past or can bear testament to your abilities in another significant way.

References can be requested in a variety of situations, including rental applications and UCAS registration, but are most commonly used during professional recruitment processes. The reference must be filled out after the company has offered you a job and before you begin employment.

A reference can take many forms but usually includes the following:

  • Employee name
  • Dates of employment
  • Role at the company
  • Skills and abilities
  • Summary of experience
  • Date of issue

It’s important to remember that a reference is a significant legal document and employers can get into trouble if there is inaccurate or misleading information.

When Do You Need Notarisation For a Reference?

A reference is often submitted directly to the prospective employer by the person providing it. In cases where you have to submit a physical reference, it may need to be verified by a notary public, especially if the company is overseas.

Reach out to us to confirm the specific requirements of the organisation requesting the reference. We can confirm the document’s authenticity with the person who provided it and apply a certificate of notarisation

If needed, we can also apostille the document once it has been notarised.

Process for Notarising a Reference

  1. Contact Notary.co.uk: Reach out to us today on 020 7630 1777 or via the form below and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about the process.
  2. Document review: Submit the original reference containing a wet ink signature or a printed copy along with details of the source for us to verify the document with the signatory.
  3. Notarisation: One of our experienced notaries will verify the authenticity of the reference with the person who provided it and produce a notarial certificate to ensure it meets legal requirements. Alternatively, if we are provided with the original, wet ink signed documenet, we will be able to notarise a copy of the same as a true copy of the original.
  4. Document return: You can collect your notarised document or arrange prompt delivery.

Contact us today to ensure your references are notarised professionally. We’ll verify your documents quickly and efficiently so you can focus on preparing for your new role.

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